Child-Focused Recruitment – Wendy’s Wonderful Kids

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About This Program

Target Population: Children 9-18 years of age that have been freed for adoption or with a plan for adoption with an emphasis on older youth waiting to be adopted; also appropriate for younger children with special needs, part of a sibling group, or with mental or physical challenges

For children/adolescents ages: 9 – 18

Brief Description

Child-Focused Recruitment is a prescribed model of foster care adoption recruitment that addresses the individual needs, circumstances, and history of children waiting to be adopted and provides the foundation for searching for appropriate families for children, particularly children most at risk of aging out of care (e.g., older youth, youth with mental challenges, sibling groups, children already in care for significant periods of time and in multiple placements). The program is currently managed by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

Program Goals:

The goals of Child-Focused Recruitment – Wendy’s Wonderful Kids are:

  • All foster care adoption recruiters practice child-focused recruitment
  • Children at risk of aging out of care secure a permanent placement
  • Significantly increase the adoptions of older youth and reduce the number of children aging out of care

Contact Information

Angela Marshall, LPCC
Title: Director
Agency/Affiliation: Wendy’s Wonderful Kids, Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
Phone: (614) 764-8487
Fax: (614) 764-3077

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: January 2017

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: October 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: May 2012