The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Adoption: Law and gospel

Capital University helps improve a challenging process

Dave Thomas wanted kids to have a chance at the kind of life he enjoyed. Instead, he saw many children languishing in foster care, sometimes waiting years to be adopted.

So the late Wendy's founder began to envision a law center that would help reform the adoption process. Thomas, who was adopted as a child, wanted kids to be placed in safe, healthy, permanent homes as quickly as possible.

Thomas' daughter, Pam Farber, is an alumna of Capital University, Columbus, Ohio, and the original Wendy's restaurant is two doors away from the ELCA school. So it seemed a natural choice for Thomas to work with its law school. In 1998, a grant from the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption established the National Center for Adoption Law& Policy at Capital.

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