Adoption-Friendly Workplace

Dave Thomas led an initiative advocating for better adoption benefits in the workplace, because to him, it was just “the right thing to do.” The Foundation is carrying that legacy forward through the Adoption-Friendly Workplace program and Best Adoption-Friendly Workplace survey, which identifies organizations that strive to make adoption a supported option for every working parent.

The Foundation partnered with RTI International, an independent, nonprofit research institute, to conduct the 13th annual survey in 2019. Additionally, the Foundation’s new impact list recognizes organizations with more than 1,000 employees that provide the largest overall financial benefits and have the capacity to reach the greatest number of employees. If your organization would like to be notified when the 2020 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplace survey is available, please register today.

2019 Survey is Closed

Thank you to all the organizations that completed the 2019 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplace survey. Results will be released in October.

If your organization would like to be notified when the 2020 survey is available, please register today.

Employer Toolkit

Adoption benefits have become standard for companies looking to maintain a competitive edge in attracting and retaining top talent.


Spotlight: New York Life

“I would not be a mother today without New York Life, and the adoption benefits the company provides to its employees,” shared Brooke Pinson, a senior associate at New York Life Insurance Company, which was recognized on the Foundation’s 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces list in 2018.

Because of New York Life’s paid leave policy for adoptive parents, Brooke was able to take time off of work on short notice to care for her sons, Elijah and David, who were placed in foster care as infants. “Watching them grow and overcome the obstacles of their birth situations has been the greatest gift I could have ever received, and it is only possible because of the supportive company I work for.”