Adoption Foundation Supports Foster Care, Child Welfare Efforts

Funder: Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption; Opportunity: Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Grants; Funding Focus: Children, youth, adoption; Geographic Focus: National; Eligibility: Public and private adoption agencies and 501(c)(3) nonprofits; Funding: Multiple awards up to $100,000 each; Deadline: Applications are reviewed quarterly.

Summary: The foundation focuses funding on significantly increasing adoptions of children from the foster care system. Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Grants help public and private adoption agencies hire adoption professionals to implement proactive, child-focused recruitment programs targeted on moving the longest-waiting children from foster care into adoptive families.

Other Grants

Dave Thomas also offers General Grants to fund new and innovative ideas and proven programs focusing on foster care adoption. The proposed program must have national impact or include a plan for national replication. General and capital expenses will be considered.

Past grantees include: the Adopt America Network ($25,000) for specialized matching services for children with special needs; the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute ($75,000) for a congressional foster youth intern program; and the North American Council on Adoptable Children ($75,000) to create a national resource center for families and adoption professionals.

Info: https://goo.gl/VYMLbG (guidelines); info@davethomasfoundation.org or 800-275-3832.

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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