September 2000Vol. 1, No. 6Companies Honored for Employee Adoption Benefits
"Adoption All-Stars," or employers who provide the very best adoption benefits, were honored May 4th at the 2nd annual Symposium luncheon of the Dave Thomas Center for Adoption Law at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.
Although still relatively rare, adoption benefits are being offered at a growing number of U.S. companies according to the Center's Director Kent Markus. He explained that a combination of criteria were used in selecting the honorees. These included:
- The amount of the employer's financial contribution toward adoption related costs
- The number of weeks of paid leave
- The number of weeks of unpaid leave
- The availability of in-house reference and referral sources
- The longevity of the benefit of that employer
In general, the recognized firms offer at least $5,000 per adoption and up to 2 weeks paid time off. Many provide extra money for adoptions of special needs children. A list of the 46 honorees can be found at http://www.law.capital.edu/adoption/allstars.asp. (Editor's note: this link is no longer available.)
For more information, contact:
Dave Thomas Center for Adoption Law
Capital University Law School
303 East Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Visit the National Adoption Information Clearinghouse website for a copy of the factsheet, Adoption Benefits: Employers as Partners in Family Building at: http://naic.acf.hhs.gov/pubs/f_benefi.cfm. (Note: the title of this factsheet has changed to Employer-provided Adoption Benefits.) For a print copy, call NAIC at 888-251-0075.
For an interview with Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy's International restaurants and the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, about corporate adoption benefits, visit: http://www.businessweek.com/2000/00_08/b3669137.htm.