DTFA_2014_100 Best AFW DTFA LogoBecome an adoption advocate in your workplace this National Adoption Month by asking your employer to extend employer-provided adoption benefits to you and your coworkers!

What are employer-provided adoption benefits?

It’s estimated that about 50 percent or more of firms across the country offer adoption benefits. But according to Adam Pertman’s book Adoption Nation, only about 0.1 percent of employees use adoption benefits when they are made available. So it’s a low-cost, good-will investment for employers.

Employer-provided adoption benefits can be broken into three big categories – information resources, financial assistance and parental leave – which mirror the same sort of benefits offered to couples having children biologically or with medical assistance. You can read more about the sorts of things included in employer-provided adoption benefits on our website.

Who are the most adoption-friendly companies?

Each year, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption invites companies to apply for recognition as an adoption-friendly workplace. The 2014 winners were announced this week. The list recognizes the top 100 companies with the best adoption benefits available to their employees in the United States. In addition to this list, the Foundation has developed other detailed lists of this year’s best in the nation by industry and size.

Rankings are based on the maximum amount of financial reimbursement and paid leave for employees who adopt. Companies are divided by industry and size (as seen below):

Top Adoption-friendly workplaces by size

Read more about the 2014 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces on the Dave Thomas Foundation Website.

Where can I learn more about adoption benefits provided by companies?

  • Find a comprehensive list of companies who have submitted their adoption benefits to DTFA surveys.
  • Order Adoption-Friendly Workplace tool kits for yourself, your employer and your peers.