Adoption-Friendly Workplace

Adoption-Friendly benefits are good for business and the right thing to do.

The Foundation can help your business or organization become an adoption-friendly workplace.

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

Employees want adoption benefits. According to the landmark National Attitudes Survey conducted by Harris Interactive, 68% of Americans believe employers should offer paid or unpaid leave. Download our toolkit to implement these changes in your workplace.

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.

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. Private infant and international adoptions can be costly and employer reimbursement can often times make the difference between being able to adopt through these avenues or not. Providing support for employees throughout the process bolsters productivity, goodwill and loyalty.

Our employer toolkit provides a persuasive business case for establishing an adoption benefits policy and all the tools for implementation.

Download the Adoption-Friendly Workplace toolkit

Review the AFW FAQs to prepare you to complete the survey.


Apply to be a Best Adoption-Friendly Workplace

Each year, the Foundation publishes the 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces, while also recognizing other adoption-friendly employers who have completed our adoption benefits survey. We also provide benchmarks, with the company’s permission, about specific adoption benefits offered by employers of a specified size, state or industry.

To find out what specific adoption benefits are offered by employers in your state, size or industry, contact us at 800-275-3832 or to get customized benchmarks.

The 2018 survey is closed. Check back this fall for the announcement of the 2018 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces.

Getting Benefits in Place

The Adoption-Friendly Workplace program strives to make adoption a supported option for every working parent. The goal is to provide companies with the tools needed to provide adoption benefits to employees and recognize the forward-thinking employers that already have adoption benefits in place.

Download the free Adoption-Friendly Workplace Toolkit to get started on adding adoption-friendly policies to your benefits.

Toolkit Resources


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