Dave Thomas, founder of the Wendy’s restaurant chain, took a day off from selling sandwiches on television to urge Congress to approve a $5,000 tax credit to defray adoption expenses.
“I know firsthand how important it is for every child to have a home and a loving family,” Thomas, himself adopted as a child, told the House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday. “Without a family, I would not be where I am today.”
Thomas, who was born out of wedlock and adopted at the age of 6 weeks, said almost 100,000 children are awaiting adoption in the United States because would-be parents can’t afford the average $9,000 cost of adoption.
“We have to make adoption available to Americans who can’t afford it right now,” said the creator of the 3-year-old Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.
“It’s a great way for government to build families - without creating more programs,” he said.