Adopting Children from Foster Care

Wendy’s Wonderful Kids

The Villages of Indiana is pleased to partner with  Wendy’s Wonderful Kids, a signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, that is bringing children waiting to be adopted from foster care one step closer to safe, loving and permanent homes.

Through Wendy’s Wonderful Kids, the Foundation provides grants to adoption agencies to hire and train adoption recruiters who implement the Foundation’s evidence-based Child-Focused Recruitment Model. This model is up to three times more effective at serving children who have been in foster care the longest, including older youth, sibling groups and children with special needs.

The Villages is expanding to 30 Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruiters  through 2023, serving the entire state of Indiana. Our recruiters work with smaller caseloads, ensuring that they can provide these children with the attention, resources, and support they need and find the adoptive families they deserve.

For more information on the WWK program, please contact Margaret Abrell at

The Indiana Adoption Program

This program is offered by the Indiana Department of Child Services for children who are under DCS supervision after having been removed from their birth family and are in need of permanent families. Families interested in this program don’t necessarily need to be licensed foster families in order to participate.

The children involved in this program are older than 5 years old, typically age 8-16. They may have a medical condition or physical, emotional, or cognitive disability. They may also be part of a sibling group which needs to be placed together.

For more information visit the Indiana Adoption Program.