After spending more than six years in foster care, Miah was adopted by the McClellan family when she was 15 years old.
“I knew I had room for children in my home and my heart,” says her mother, Charita.
Charita is an employee of Bank of America, which has been recognized on the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces list for nine years and counting.
“Bank of America’s adoption benefits really helped me during the adoption of Miah,” says Charita. “The process was simple, and the parental leave available is amazing.”
Miah is now 18 years old, enjoying her freshman year in college.
Bank of America, which has more than 170,000 employees across the United States, provides all working parents up to 16 weeks of paid leave to care for and bond with an adopted child. Also, effective March 2019, Bank of America offers financial reimbursement for eligible adoption-related expenses up to $20,000 over an employee’s career with the company.
“At Bank of America, we understand the importance of encouraging a healthy balance between work and family for our employees,” said Chris Fabro, global head of compensation and benefits at Bank of America. “These benefits reflect our long-standing commitment to ensuring an inclusive and diverse workplace where all employees are well-supported and positioned for success.”