Our program utilizes volunteer photographers to assist us in photographing the children we serve so that they can feel proud of the photos that accompany their online profile.
Wednesday’s Child news production days could not occur without the generous partnering of local businesses in our communities who donate their time and allow our children to come to their venue and participate in fun activities while their news segment is being filmed
One of the ways that we make “Production Day” special for our kids is by providing them with a gift of some sort on the day of their production. The program is always in need of folks who wish to help out by donating toys, books, art supplies, gift cards, snacks, and other fun items in order for us to make gift bags for the children we serve.
If you have a local business catering to children and would like to invite us to come and see you for a news production filming, please let us know!
Introducing our viewers to these amazing kids is, by far, the most rewarding thing I've done in my career. Trying to connect them with forever families is a mission I am passionate about! Children in foster care have been on my heart since I was a child, myself. I grew up next to neighbors who adopted (through a foster-to-adopt program). I couldn't understand why those children weren't in safe, loving families. It didn't seem fair. All those years later, that touched my heart, and since beginning Wednesday's Child in 2004 in the Spokane/Coeur d'Alene market, that passion took flight! In 2007, I co-founded a charity that clothes children in foster care, and in 2015 because a foster parent, myself. These children and their stories will forever be a part of who I am... and I will not stop advocating for them!
Every child deserves a loving home and I’m proud to help connect foster children with their forever families. Dee Sarton handed off Wednesday’s Child to me when she retired in 2019 from KTVB. She said I was the perfect person to continue advocating for the children in our community. I’m excited for the opportunity and promise to do my best for the foster care system.
I began doing Wednesday's Child reports in 1985 after seeing them done on a couple other TV stations around the country. I thought, what better use of our ability to reach tens of thousands of people could there be than to feature children waiting for loving adoptive homes? Doing Wednesday's Child reports has been the most fun and rewarding part of my job over the years. I've met such amazing people who truly care about the welfare of these children, as well as hundreds of very special children. It's hard to describe the joy of seeing children matched up with loving forever families, and knowing our efforts have played a part in bringing them together.