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NVIDIA is Back-to-Back Winner of America’s Most Adoption-Friendly Workplace

NVIDIA, a California-based artificial intelligence company that offers employees up to 20 weeks of paid parental leave and assists employees financially with the costs of adoption, has again been deemed to be the most adoption-friendly employer in America.


Find Out Which U.S. Companies Are the Most Adoption Friendly

Last month, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption released its 11th annual survey of the Top 100 Adoption Friendly Workplaces. The list highlights the country’s top companies offering paid reimbursement and leave packages for adoptive parents.


Survey: In Past Decade, Foster Care-Adoption Gains Popularity While Private Adoption’s Rep Takes Hit

In the five years between 2007 and 2012, American attitudes about adoption, and the systems that supply adoptable children, significantly dimmed. Their attitudes about the main domestic systems for adoption – private industry and foster care – dimmed by an even greater margin.

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Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy's and The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Photo: The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption


Inside the Expanding Universe of Wendy’s Wonderful Kids

In February of 2016, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (DTFA) found out it was in line to become part of one of the biggest philanthropic investments in the history of youth services.

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Notes from Wicked Problems: Big Data on Trauma, Solution-Based Casework, and More

Note: This column was updated on November 6 It was a big week in Chicago. The Cubs finally broke through and won the World Series, and all of the intractable problems with child welfare were fixed.

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Federal Report Shows Continued Growth in Foster Care Population

The number of children and youth in foster care has risen for the third consecutive year, according to recently released federal data. Reading below the top line, though, Youth Services Insider sees one figure that suggests that we could see a course correction soon.

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    Four Youth-Serving Orgs In Line for the Blue Meridian Billion

    As Youth Services Insider reported earlier this month, a small group of youth- and family-serving organizations will soon change forever thanks to massive investments from Blue Meridian Partners, a capital aggregation project led by the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation.


    Why do People Think Adoption is so Costly?

    by Brett Shears In an oft-cited survey of American adults, nearly two out of five people thought that foster care adoption was “somewhat” or “very expensive.” But this perception is not anchored in reality and may be the result of prospective parents who frequently conflate the costs of adopting through a public agency and a private agency.

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    How Eval of One Program Could Provide Real Insight on Issue of Failed Adoptions

    The Dave Thomas Foundation (DTFA) has established that its flagship program is effective in getting older youths adopted; nearly twice as effective as the business-as-usual approach to permanency for those youths.