Saturday, May 17, 2008

Is your workplace adoptee-friendly?

Every year The Dave Thomas Foundation publishes their list of the top 100 companies that help separate families and fund the adoption industry.

Their criteria includes:

* Financial Assistance per Adoption
* Additional for Special Needs
* Paid Leave
* Unpaid Leave Beyond FMLA


There are a lot of programs out there for potential adoptive parents, but not so much for those prior purchases once their warranty period wears out.

So I’d like to come up with my own list of the Adoptee Friendly Workplaces.

My criteria includes:

  • Paid time off for meeting with that adoptee-aware therapist you finally found who is not only on your insurance plan, not only taking new patients, not only under a 40 minute drive away from you, but only has office hours from 9-5

  • Financial assistance for therapy co-pays, and also for paying for that adoptee-aware therapist you finally found who is taking new patients, is under a 40 minute drive away from you, but not on your insurance plan.

  • Per year annual reimbursement benefit for costs of
    • petitioning courts for non-id
    • state registry fees
    • confidential intermediary fees
    • private investigator fees
    • online public records database registration fees
    • language classes for learning the language of the country you come from
    • and any other search related expenses

  • Corporation contributes and lobbies actively towards repealing sealed birth certificate laws

  • Sponsors attendance at one adoption conference per year, to include cost of admission and travel fees

  • Paid leave of absence including
    • Annual birthday
    • Day after Mother's Day / Mothering Sunday
    • Anniversary of adoption date / ‘gotcha day’
    • Entire month of November

This is a win-win situation for corporations and employees alike. As most adoptees I know are hyper productive and successful, this helps retain that valuable employee who consistently outperforms their peers.

The winners for 2008 are:

Oh. No one.

Oh well, this prestigious award is brand new, so it will probably take a few months for word to catch on.

4 complaints from ingrates:

Anonymous,  May 17, 2008 at 3:53 PM  

I'd steal your idea and create a post for Birth Parent friendly workplaces but, well, they'd have to allow crack use at our desks and no one's gonna do that.

(/end sarcasm)

Love your post. Made me smile in a sad sort of way.

Anonymous,  May 19, 2008 at 10:44 PM  

I thought of you today when I read the blog of a family who has adopted twins from Haiti. They showed pictures of a trash strewn Haitian beach in contrast with pictures of their boys in suburban USA. It didn't seem to occur to them that they could have donated a similar amount of money that they have spent raising their kids towards helping a Haitian women mother her children.

Or do you think that is mean spirited?

Ungrateful Little Bastard May 20, 2008 at 11:14 AM  

Jenna on the flip side of the coin, don't forget the extra-large cubicles needed for the wing-span of the arch typical "selfless angel" mother

Anon I don't think that's mean spirited. It also sets up what Kev on Misplaced Baggage so aptly called a "gratitude trap" on the "No More Playing Nice" post. What a horrible, horrible, horrible thing to do, put pictures of little boys next to that trash-strewn beach. It's emotional abuse.

Mara May 20, 2008 at 11:18 PM  

I love this post Theresa.

Thanks for making me smile...yeah, like Jenna said, in a sad sort of way.

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