• November 2007
  • Vol. 8, No. 10

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Top 100 Adoption-Friendly Workplaces

Companies offering adoption benefits to employees are actively supporting permanency for children and youth. Each year, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption lists the top 100 adoption-friendly workplaces in the United States based on adoption benefits offered to employees. Companies from a wide range of industries are ranked according to the level of financial assistance offered, the amount of paid leave for parents who adopt, and other benefits that make life easier for employees who choose adoption.

This year's winner of the 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplace program is Citizens Financial Group. Based in Providence, RI, Citizens offers a generous financial reimbursement package plus a week of paid leave for employees who adopt. The top five companies for 2007 were:

  1. Citizens Financial Group, Inc.
  2. CMP Technology
  3. Timberland
  4. JPMorgan Chase
  5. Avon Products, Inc.

In a press release announcing the winners, the Foundation noted that an increasing number of employers now offer adoption benefits. In 2006, this amounted to approximately 45 percent of employers. Businesses have begun to realize that offering adoption benefits helps companies by enhancing employee recruitment and retention.

The Dave Thomas Foundation offers a free toolkit for companies looking for ways to expand their package of adoption benefits. The toolkit includes a step-by-step beginner's guide to adoption benefits, a CD explaining different benefit options, a sample proposal and benefits policies form, a tax summary form, and more. There is also a toolkit for employees who want to make the case for employer-provided adoption benefits.

To learn more about the Adoption-Friendly Workplace program or to order a free toolkit, visit:

www.davethomasfoundation.org

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