New York, NY, October 6, 2015 – Spence-Chapin announced that it has been recognized for its employee adoption benefits by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Spence-Chapin was ranked 87th on the organization’s 2015 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces List.
“Our staff helps to build families each day. Appreciating our team’s dedication, caring, and hard work is important,” said Adam Cotumaccio, President Spence-Chapin. “We made changes to our benefits to show our on-going support for our team and their work. It is wonderful to be recognized by the Dave Thomas Foundation for these changes.”
The announcement of the 2015 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces list comes the month preceding National Adoption Month, a collective campaign to raise awareness of the children in foster care waiting to get adopted.
Since 2007, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption has compiled an annual list of the 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces to honor employers who offer the best adoption benefits in the U.S. The rankings, compiled from an annual survey of U.S. employers, are determined by an analysis of each company’s adoption benefits, including the maximum financial reimbursement and the amount of paid leave provided for employees who adopt. New to this year’s campaign is the emerging leaders category so the Foundation can recognize even more adoption-friendly workplaces.
“Employers who offer adoption benefits understand that the initial needs of adoptive families are no different than families formed biologically – it helps ensure all families are treated equally by companies,” said Rita Soronen, President and CEO of the Foundation. “We are elated to see even more companies in the last year implement adoption-friendly and foster care-friendly benefits.”
The ninth annual Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces list also helps increase foster care adoption awareness while celebrating businesses that support adoptive families. There are more than 100,000 children in the U.S. foster care system waiting to be adopted. Every year, more than 20,000 children in foster care turn 18 and age out of the system without families.
To view the full list, visit adoptionfriendlyworkplace.org.