The Top 10 Adoption-Friendly Workplaces in 2012


November is National Adoption Month, and the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption recently released its list of the Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces in 2012, highlighting the 100 employers in America that offer the best adoption benefits to their employees.

The Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces list rankings are based on the maximum amount of financial aid or reimbursement that is offered by companies to help their employees fund their adoption, along with the amount of paid adoption leave given so their employees can take time off from work when they adopt.

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption was founded by the late Dave Thomas, founder of the Wendy’s restaurant chain. Interestingly, and appropriately, Wendy’s tops the list as the most adoption-friendly company in America!

Dave Thomas had a passion for adoption for two reasons:

  • First, he himself had been born to a young single mother, and had been adopted at six months of age.
  • Second, he believed that Christians have a special God-given responsibility to take special care of the fatherless.

Bible Verses on God’s Heart for Orphans

Over and over in the scriptures, God tells us that his heart is close to orphans, and that one of the signs of true faith in Christ is whether or not our heart is close to them too. Here are just four examples:

  • Deuteronomy 10:18: “He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing.” (NIV)
  • Isaiah 1:17: “Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.” (NIV)
  • Psalm 68:5-6: “A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.” (NIV)
  • James 1:27: “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” (NIV)

In November, churches and companies across the United States are bringing awareness to the growing need for foster care and adoption, and are encouraging their members and employees to consider being a foster or adoptive parent.

Over 100,000 children in the U.S. are waiting to be adopted right now, according to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. One of the biggest reasons that so many children are waiting for their forever family is that there are a lot of misconceptions about the fostering and adoption process and how much money it would cost.

The Dave Thomas Foundation offers several resources to help raise awareness about the need for fostering and adoption, step-by-step guides to adopting, information about adoption tax credits, and resources to help companies provide adoption benefits for their employees.

Top 10 Adoption-Friendly Companies in America

At, you can read the list of the top 100 honorees, the top 10 by size, the top 5 in each industry, and see how your company stacks up. Here are the top 10 adoption-friendly companies in America:

1. The Wendy’s Company

2. Ferring Pharmaceuticals

3. RBS Citizens Financial Group

4. HanesBrands

5. Barilla America, Inc.

6. Liquidnet Holdings, Inc. (tie)

6. LSI Corporation (tie)

6. UBM (tie)

9. Boston Scientific

10. Bloomberg (tie)

10. Putnam Investments (tie)

This list of adoption-friendly companies is a great example of companies that really do care about their employees’ lives outside of the workplace and about making a difference in their community and world that goes far beyond their own bottom line.

Thanks to the Dave Thomas Foundation and other similar groups, more and more companies and churches are promoting the need for foster care and adoption. They are showing their employees and members how they can provide a forever family to a child in need.

This message really hits home for my wife and I. Seven years ago, we had hoped to adopt a child our neighbors had fostered and whom we had gotten to know over many months. We went through all the classes, paperwork, home study, etc. But we weren’t selected as her adoptive parents because the agency felt she should be in a family where she’d be the only child, and we already had four children at the time (and now we have five).

Seven years later, adoption is still on our hearts, and for us, it’s not a matter of “if” but “when.” Right now, our church is asking for 100 families (out of about 1500 households) to consider opening their hearts and homes to foster care or adoption. My wife and I are praying again that God would open the right door and opportunity for us.

Does your company offer adoption benefits for its employees? And does your church promote foster care and adoption awareness? Leave a comment!

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  1. JP

    Rich – this is such a special post.

    Warren Buffett once spoke about ‘winning the ovarian lottery’ to a group of business school grads. What makes me different than the 100,000 kids waiting to be adopted in America? One thing, luck. I won the ovarian lottery out of the gate.

    Have you written about the process of adopting before? I think that’s something many people don’t understand but would like to know more about.

    I am not in a position to be adopting children but I hope it’s something I strongly consider when I am.

    I wish you and your family good luck in your future endeavors to adopt.

  2. Rich Avery

    JP, thanks for your comment. Of all the social issues in America, the problem of children without homes can be solved if just one family from every church decided to open up their home to a child in need.

    I haven’t written anything else on the adoption process, but perhaps I should. The biggest surprise to me was that most foster-to-adopt adoptions in America cost the adoptive parents nothing financially. Whereas the adoption of a baby overseas can cost tens of thousands of dollars.