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 Workplace list, which recognizes organizations that are striving to make adoption a supported option for every working parent.
The Foundation is again partnering with RTI International, an independent, nonprofit research institute, to make the Adoption-Friendly Workplace 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, impact and foster care benefits.
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 will also be incorporated into each organization’s score.
Scores will be calculated according to the following criteria:
- Financial Reimbursement: 45%
- Paid Leave: 45%
- Employee Eligibility: 10%
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
- 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.
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.
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.”