Guest Blog: The Value of Family…Priceless

By Deborah Henry-Bennett
Jul 28, 2016 4:00 PM ET
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Guest Blog: The Value of Family...Priceless

Deborah Henry-Bennett is a Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruiter who works every day to find loving, permanent homes for children in foster care in the Atlanta area.

“It’s not about being rich or famous (at least not on a social work salary), but perhaps I can positively affect the path of a child’s life when they are in the helpless and incredibly courageous position of needing help. It's such a privilege to be able to hear someone's life story - often about how their experiences have caused them pain, but more importantly how they have developed resiliency and ways to live with pain. I don't need money or fame, but my spirit becomes a little bit richer every day by opening my own heart to help children”.

Today, I have the privilege of continuing my social work practice as a Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruiter. I am now in a position that I love in the social work field, where I’ve been asked many times- “Why did you want to be a social worker?” The answer is quite simple. I wanted to be a social worker because I have a passion and purpose to help children. My need comes from knowing that changing the world starts with helping children and being able to empathize with them. I wanted be a social worker because it feels right. I enjoy seeing the smiles on kids' faces when they get the love, structure and attention that they deserve. Those smiles are priceless! the full blog here.

The Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program is the signature child-focused recruitment model of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is a national nonprofit public charity dedicated exclusively to finding permanent homes for the more than 130,000 children waiting in North America’s foster care systems. Created by Wendy’s® founder Dave Thomas who was adopted, the Foundation implements evidence-based, results-driven national service programs, foster care adoption awareness campaigns and innovative grantmaking. To learn more, visit or call 1-800-ASK-DTFA.