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Celebrating workplaces of every size and industry that support adoptive families
Average of
in financial reimbursement
Average of
Five Weeks
in paid leave
Unpaid leave beyond FMLA ranges from
1 Week to 3 Years
Support for foster parents ranges from
1 to 18 Weeks

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is celebrating its 10th year of honoring companies that offer the country’s most impressive adoption benefits! Our Best Adoption-Friendly Workplace program honors employers of every size and industry that offer adoption benefits for employees.

Our goal is to find a permanent, loving family for every child waiting in foster care. And just as every child deserves a home, we believe all parents deserve support and time to bond with their children. While this is a moment of celebration for these employers, it’s also a moment of awareness for our nation concerning children waiting to be adopted from foster care in the United States. Adoption-friendly policies are easy to implement and cost-effective, and create loyal and happy employees. Learn more.

We congratulate these organizations for their commitment to providing an Adoption-Friendly Workplace!

Why Adoption Benefits?
Easy to implement and cost-effective
Company is competitive in recruitment efforts
Family-friendly work environments create loyal and happy employees
Time to bond as a family
Simply, the right thing to do
Yet, less than half of U.S. employers offer adoption benefits.
Learn how to become an Adoption-Friendly Workplace.
Top 25 Companies
$25,000 financial support
and 5.5 weeks paid leave
$23,460 financial support
and 1 week paid leave
$20,000 financial support
and 2 weeks paid leave
$20,000 financial support
and 2 weeks paid leave
$16,000 financial support
and 2 weeks paid leave
Thank you to The Wendy’s Company for your deep commitment to offering employees adoption benefits, and congratulations on earning the status of “Forever Family!” This is a permanent emeritus position that is worthy of your lifetime support to the cause.
Notable Companies
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Schedule an interview with the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s President and CEO Rita Soronen to learn more about adoption benefits.
Mary Ellen Smalley


Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces are determined by an analysis of a company’s adoption benefits, including the maximum amount of financial reimbursement and paid leave for families who adopt. It is a signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.


Find out what specific adoption benefits are offered by employers in your state, size or industry.

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