When they first met, Kylie's Wendy Wonderful Kids (WWK) recruiter did not know much about her biological family since the only available files had come from the adoption. In an effort to identify a permanent family and support network, this thoughtful recruiter built out a family tree starting with the only information she had available: the names of Kylie’s biological mother and father.
That was all the information needed for the Connect Our Kids People Search tool. Once the recruiter entered Kylie’s parents’ names, 23 connections were found, including a cousin on Kylie’s father’s side who was willing to provide a great deal of critical information about her family.
The WWK recruiter is now building out Kylie’s family tree in our Family Connections tool, so that Kylie can visually see her family, and know that there are many people in her network who care about her. Wendy's Wonderful Kids recruiters are... well, wonderful!
Knowing family history can help begin the healing of trauma.
Wendy’s Wonderful Kids is a signature program at the Dave Thomas Foundation. This national program funds adoption professionals, known as recruiters, who use a child-focused model to find permanent homes for children in foster care.
Independent research has proven this model to be up to 3x more effective at serving children who have been in foster care the longest, including teenagers, children with special needs and siblings. We are honored that 56 WWK family recruiters are using our technology tools in the great state of Ohio and can't wait to see what 2021 brings as they continue to grow their outstanding program.
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*Names have been changed to protect privacy.