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.

As more companies add adoption benefits, they have become a standard for maintaining a competitive edge in recruiting top-notch talent. According to Aon Hewitt’s 2015 survey of 1,000 U.S. companies, only 12% offered a financial adoption benefit in 1990. By 2015, that number rose to 56%.

No matter how families are formed, new parents need time to bond with their children. Private infant adoption, international adoption and foster care adoption all require families to have time to adjust as a new member joins the home.

Providing support for employees throughout the adoption process promotes loyalty, productivity and employee wellbeing. At the same time, less than one half of 1% of eligible employees generally request to use adoption benefits, making them one of the most cost-effective benefits you can offer.

Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces List

Each year, the Foundation publishes the 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces list, while also recognizing other adoption-friendly employers as Adoption Advocates, based on surveys of organizations across the U.S. We also provide benchmarks, with the company’s permission, about specific adoption benefits offered by employers of a specified size, state or industry. Contact us to learn more.

Coming Soon! 2018 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces List

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Adoption benefits fact sheet


Adoption benefits tax summary


Frequently Asked Questions


Sample adoption benefits financial reimbursement form


Sample adoption benefits news release


Sample adoption benefits policy


Sample adoption benefits proposal