Episode 147 | The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption

Summary:

Rita Soronen is the President & CEO of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption; a national, non-profit public charity dedicated exclusively to finding permanent homes and loving families for the nearly 155,000 children waiting in North America’s foster care systems. Created by Wendy’s® founder Dave Thomas who was adopted, the Foundation implements evidence-based, results-driven national service programs, foster care adoption awareness campaigns, and innovative grant-making.

Milestones:

(00:00:00) Opening remarks
(00:00:38) Facilities Management eXpress (FMX)
(00:01:07) The SunDown Group
(00:01:30) Small Biz Cares
(00:02:07) The Conquering Columbus Podcast Startup Package
(00:02:24) Like, subscribe, and share Conquering Columbus
(00:02:35) Conquering Columbus Intro
(00:03:29) Introduction Rita Soronen
(00:04:25) Rita’s background and path to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
(00:07:25) Children don’t fall through the cracks, they fall through our fingers
(00:09:45) How the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is targeted at mitigating children aging out of care
(00:10:30) How Rita’s career has evolved since joining the foundation, and how the foundation itself has evolved since she joined
(00:16:00) The factors that go into helping a child get adopted
(00:17:55) The support services that exist for families going through the adoption process
(00:20:33) What the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption looks like today
(00:27:15) How do you find the right people to help continue to drive the foundation forward?
(00:29:50) What it looks like when the foundation expands into new geographical regions
(00:31:33) Rita’s day-to-day focus
(00:34:30) Rita’s goals for the foreseeable future
(00:35:50) How can everyone help support the foundation?
(00:37:07) Live Uncomfortably
(00:39:18) Like, subscribe, and share Conquering Columbus
(00:39:42) Facilities Management eXpress (FMX)
(00:40:12) The SunDown Group
(00:40:35) Small Biz Cares
(00:41:13) The Conquering Columbus Podcast Startup Package
(00:41:38) Conquering Columbus Outro

Links:

Rita Soronen
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
Facilities Management eXpress (FMX)
The SunDown Group
SmallBiz Cares
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