Adoption-Friendly Workplace

More than 25 years ago, 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 has carried that legacy forward through its signature Adoption-Friendly Workplace program and annual 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces list, which recognizes organizations that strive to make adoption a supported option for every working parent.

SURVEY OPEN: May 1 – August 12, 2019

If your organization did not receive an email invitation to the survey, please register today.

NEW for 2019!

The Foundation is partnering with RTI International, an independent, nonprofit research institute, to make survey submission easier than ever — in 15 minutes or less!

All organizations that complete the survey will receive benchmark and breakout lists by industry, size, paid leave and foster care. Additionally, the Foundation’s new impact list will recognize 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.

The 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces will have the opportunity to:

– Elevate your organization’s story through a guest article on the Foundation’s website and social media channels

– Earn a badge to feature on your organization’s website and human resources materials



Year-after-year, both public and private organizations are raising the bar with their adoption benefits. When you join in, you are advancing the Foundation’s vision that every child will have a permanent home and loving family.


Questions about the survey or need technical support?

Contact Amanda Smith at or 919-541-6249.

Adoption-Friendly Workplace Employer Toolkit

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


Congratulations to the 2018 Adoption-Friendly Workplaces

The 2018 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces List includes a diverse group of organizations, with six to nearly 500,000 employees, representing 22 industries. Download the complete list

Read Rita Soronen’s article, Adoption-friendly benefits in the workplace – It’s the right thing to do, as featured in the National Council for Adoption’s Adoption Advocate newsletter.