Wendy’s Wonderful Kids

Provides social work services to find the best adoptive home for a child in Hawaii.

Wendy’s Wonderful Kids offers proactive, child-focused recruitment of adoptive families for children who have been placed in long-term foster care.  Sponsored by the Dave Thomas Foundation, this unique program provides intensive social work services to find the best adoptive home for a child by exploring all facets of the child’s family, school, and friendship circles, as well as recruiting families from the broader community.

Goals:
• Increase the number of foster children placed with loving, adoptive or guardianship families in Hawaii
• Develop supportive and warm relationships with children waiting to be adopted/legal guardianship
• Provide information and resources to prospective and adoptive/guardianship parents
• Increase community awareness of foster care adoption
• Streamline the adoption process
• Improve the quality of life for children in the permanent care of the Hawaii
• State Department of Human Services by providing a “forever” family in Hawaii

36
Visits Per Year
10
Matches Per Year
5
Adoptions Per Year

Eligibility

All children, ages 0-17, who are in the permanent care of the Hawaii State Department of Human Services Child Welfare System are eligible for the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program in Hawaii.

Location

Oahu, Hawaii

Services

• Opportunities for foster youth to connect in Hawaii
• Case management services for children in long-term foster care who are ready for adoption
• Recruitment and screening of adoptive families and legal guardians
• Development of a customized recruitment plan for each child
• Completion of in-depth case reviews and assessments to determine each child’s strengths, challenges, desires, and preparedness for adoption/guardianship
• Training and support for adoptive parents in Hawaii
• Public education and promotion of adoption

Funding

Dave Thomas Foundation

Chiyomi Chow

Program Coordinator
"Unadoptable is unacceptable."

– Wendy’s Wonderful Kids, Dave Thomas Foundation
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