By Kim Phagan-Hansel, The Chronicle of Social Change
When it comes to helping employees who have decided to adopt a child, nobody beats NVIDIA.
The California-based artificial intelligence company that offers employees up to 20 weeks of paid parental leave and assists employees financially with the costs of adoption, was named the most adoption-friendly employer in America last week by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (DTFA).
Eleven years in a row that MetLife is recognized by the Dave Thomas Foundation for being an Adoption Friendly Workplace
NEW YORK, October. 05, 2018 /3BL Media/ - MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET) today announced it has ranked 42 on the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s 2018 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces List. This is the eleventh year in a row that MetLife has been recognized and the fourth consecutive year ranked #1 in the Insurance Industry. MetLife has been recognized for its employee adoption benefits, parental leave policies and flexible work culture.
By Beau Davidson, an employee of NVIDIA, the #1 ranked organization on the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplace List in 2018
It was a sad time. My wife and I had tried to add to our family without success. It wasn’t an immediate decision, but we eventually decided to pursue adoption. From that moment, everything in our life changed.
At last, we could see the light at the end of a tunnel. We went through background checks, home study, filled out a million forms, created an adoption profile and waited to be selected. Every day, we’d jump at unexpected calls, and we’d be upset when the agency we were working with told us that we hadn’t yet been selected.
CBS announced that singer-songwriter Josh Groban will headline the 19th annual A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, to be broadcast Tuesday, Dec. 19 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Also, Kelly Clarkson, Kacey Musgraves and Kane Brown are set to perform on the special.
A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS features uplifting stories of adoption from foster care and raises awareness of this important social issue. The inspirational stories of these American families are enhanced with performances by some of today’s most popular artists.
The complete Top 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplace list can be viewed here. The Foundation also recognizes employers by size, industry, best leave and foster care benefits. The 2018 survey will open in January.
It is an exciting year for the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption as we celebrated our 25th anniversary on July 31. Since 1992, the Foundation has been committed to the vision of our founder, Dave Thomas: to ensure every child has a permanent and loving family. Our mission has never wavered. Each day we work to dramatically increase the number of adoptions from foster care. We believe that family is the birthright of every child and that every child is adoptable.
Most children in foster care will spent at least a year away from their family. Many of the 425,000 children in foster care will return to their biological family, but more than 110,000 children are waiting to be adopted right now.
I’ve thought over and over again about this, and I can’t get past the idea of adopting a teen into our family. Teenagers are less likely to get adopted, often leaving the foster care system at the age of 18 with no support, no jobs, and no idea how to move through life. I still remember my time as a teenager. So unsure, unsteady, and full of emotion and fear over what the heck I was going to do with the life I was given. I can’t imagine if I would have had to endure all of that without the support of a family. This is why the Dave Thomas Foundation is so near and dear to my heart.
The Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program is the signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Started in 2004, with only seven sites, the program has expanded to 215 sites, including all 50 states and six Canadian provinces.
“Being in foster care and being adopted makes you different than other kids. But I never saw this as a bad thing.” - Cadence Cottom, Butler University Graduate.
Profound words from a bright young woman who has lived the life that so many at her age have not. Cadence Cottom accomplished her dream to graduate from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. A dream, that if you had asked her years ago, she would have told you was impossible. Cadence spent time in foster care and after being adopted her mom found a way to help her make dream come true.