Companies that offer adoption benefits ease the stress and financial obstacles of adopting. They help make adoption possible.
“My employer helped make my dream of adopting come true. I had been saving money for the process, but it can be costly, confusing and stressful,” said Rita, whose employer, T-Mobile, has been recognized as a top adoption-friendly workplace.
Dave Thomas, the founder of Wendy’s® restaurant company, never met his birth mother and was adopted when he was 6 months old. He was passionate about adoption, and in 1992, he founded the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.
One of the Foundation’s initiatives is The Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces program. Annually, the program honors companies that provide their employees with adoption benefits. These include reimbursement for adoption expenses and paid or unpaid time off during the adoption process. Reimbursements may cover costs like home studies, legal and agency fees and travel.
What are the best adoption-friendly workplaces? The 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces for 2016 (External PDF) represent companies of all sizes. They understand the impact of offering benefits. Even though less than half of U.S. companies offer adoption benefits, the Foundation promotes these benefits because they:
- Are easy to implement and cost effective
- Make the company competitive when recruiting employees
- Create a family-friendly work environment with loyal and happy employees
- Provide time to bond as a family
Destiny Adoption salutes the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces winners. The Foundation is committed to making the world a better place through adoption, one child at a time. They accomplish this through their programs and educate and inspire other companies to do the same.
We know that when you invest in positively impacting a child, you positively impact birth parents, adoptive parents and our community as a whole.
“Every child deserves a home and love. Period.”Dave Thomas, Founder of Wendy’s
Author: Destiny Adoption Services
Destiny Adoption Services is proud to support and guide birth parents and adoptive families on the journey of adoption. We’re a state licensed nonprofit adoption agency with four decades of adoption experience, and our professional team of experts includes moms, adoptive moms and birth mothers who provide compassion combined with trusted resources and skills.