A personal message on Adoption-Friendly benefits

Posted on June 25, 2014

Every year, during our call for submissions for our 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces list, we are inspired by the stories shared from representatives of companies throughout the nation.

In honor of the inspiring message below, we are opening the survey again for this week so we can recognize as many Adoption-Friendly Workplaces as possible.

We received this thoughtful message from John Leech, Senior Director of Recruitment Marketing at Comcast:

These days we hear a lot about achieving the work-life balance that’s so important to the American worker. Companies tout profit-sharing, 401Ks, and even pet health insurance, as unique perks to entice the best-of-the-best to join their ranks. Marketing and HR teams deploy big budgets to tell employees how they care about their values and support all aspects of their lives. But amidst all the bells and whistles, many employees are left feeling that their companies don’t fully support them when it comes to welcoming an adopted child into their family.

As an adopted child, I understand the vital impact of how being placed into a loving home can transform a life – I’m living proof.  As a parent who has chosen to adopt, I know that having an employer and HR team that supported my family’s decision to grow through adoption is crucial to feeling respected and supported in my career. And as a Talent Acquisition and HR professional, I know that my choice to join Comcast, as well as that of many of my colleagues, was heavily influenced by the fact that the company shares our values when it comes to adoption.

We all know that the children of today are our hope for the future. The child that we all help find a forever family today will become the talent we want to attract and hire tomorrow. We can each do our part to make sure that no child is forgotten in “the system.”  If you’re in leadership at a company, support the resources needed to provide adoption benefits to your employees. As caring adults with room in your heart and home, consider adoption or foster care. As a community, we can all join the fight to make unadoptable unacceptable!

Thank you,


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