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 is carrying that legacy forward through its Adoption-Friendly Workplace program and 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces list, which recognizes organizations that are striving to make adoption a supported option for every working parent.

Congratulations to the 2020 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces!

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The Foundation partners with RTI International, an independent, nonprofit research institute, to conduct the Best Adoption-Friendly Workplace survey. All organizations that completed the survey will receive benchmark and breakout lists by size, industry, best paid leave, foster care benefits and impact.

New in 2020

Historically, only financial reimbursement for adoption costs and paid leave were used to identify the 100 Best list. This year, the percentage of employees eligible for adoption benefits was also incorporated into each organization’s score.

Scores were calculated according to the following criteria:

  • Financial Reimbursement: 45%
  • Paid Leave: 45%
  • Employee Eligibility: 10%

The 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces 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
  • NEW! Access your organization’s industry benchmark report via an interactive, online dashboard

Year-after-year, organizations are raising the bar with their adoption benefits to attract, support and retain employees. Together, we will ensure that every child has a permanent home and a loving family.


Register your organization for the 2021 Survey

Spotlight: Abbott

“Adoption assistance from Abbott allowed us to grow our family,” says Ben.

He and his wife, Victoria, adopted their son using adoption benefits offered by Abbott, which was recognized on the Foundation’s Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces list in 2020.

“Judah has brought so much joy into our lives. He is the funniest, smiliest, happiest guy on the planet. We couldn’t be more thankful.”