Washington County Children Services and the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption are pleased to enter into a partnership through the foundation’s signature program, Wendy’s Wonderful Kids. Through a grant made possible by the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services this intensive, child-focused recruitment program will help to identify permanent adoptive homes for children in Washington County and several surrounding counties in Southeast Ohio.

The Wendy’s Wonderful Kids child-focused recruitment strategy enables local agencies to hire recruiters who spend 100% of their job finding adoptive homes for waiting children. Studies have shown that the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program has positive outcomes for children over the age of 15, whose likelihood of adoption while working with a Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruiter is 3 times higher than the state average. The same positive outcomes have also been shown for children with mental health disorders.

The seven county area that will be served by the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruiter includes Athens, Gallia, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Perry, and Washington counties. Southeast Ohio is the only region in the state without a large metropolitan pool of potential adoptive families from which to draw, which can make recruitment for children difficult. Additionally, five of the counties participating in the Southeast Ohio arm of the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program currently have no financial support from a levy and have been hit particularly hard by cuts in the state budget.