What every child needs most is a safe, nurturing forever home. A family they can count on for support, guidance, and love. Sadly, each year many children age out of the foster care system without ever having known the peace and stability of a permanent home.

EmberHope Youthville is dedicated to finding a forever home for every Kansas foster child. Through our partnership with Wendy’s Wonderful Kids (WWK), a signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, we’ll bring children waiting to be adopted from foster care one step closer to safe, loving, and permanent homes.

The Foundation provides grants to adoption agencies for the hiring and training of WWK adoption recruiters who implement the Foundation’s Child-Focused Recruitment Model. In 2011, a rigorous five-year national evaluation by Washington, D. C.-based Child Trends revealed that a child referred to WWK is up to three times more likely to be adopted. This proved especially true for older children and children with special needs.

EmberHope Youthville is proud to be a WWK grant recipient. Through WWK, our agency is able to match the children who’ve been in foster care the longest with loving families who are eager to adopt them.

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is the only public nonprofit charity in the United States focused exclusively on foster care adoption. We’re pleased to partner with them to spark change in the lives of Kansas foster children. To learn more, visit the Foundation online at

If you are a social worker and have questions about the WWK program, or would like to submit a child under your care for consideration, fill out the form at the button below and send it to Kelsey Hodges at

Click Here To Download The Child Referral Form

I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.

John 14:18

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