Get your company recognized for your employee benefits.
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption wants to recognize your company as a 2018 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplace.
For 12 years, the Foundation has surveyed the nation’s employers to determine those that offer the best adoption benefits to families looking to expand through foster care adoption, private infant adoption and international adoption.
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption believes you are never too old for family and the Betancourt family is a deep believer in that notion as well.
Their oldest son (whose name they chose to keep private) lived in foster care since he was 13. His siblings were adopted by the Betancourt’s, but he simply wasn’t ready to be adopted. He was told he would always have a family. He aged out of foster care at age 18, but finally two years later he was ready to take the Betancourt last name.
To look at little Jayden lands you’d hardly believe he spent nearly his entire life in foster care. For more than three years he didn’t have the certainty of a forever family. But that has all changed for this little boy. His adoption has been finalized and the Lands family says he is finally home.
Foster care adoption is a long journey, but it’s not expensive. Many people confuse foster care adoption with the other types of adoption like private infant or international, which can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Foster care adoption is often free or low cost.
It was 615 long days for William. That’s how long he spent in foster care. Unsure of when he’d have a permanent home. Nearly two years of moving, two years of uncertainty, two years of never feeling settled. That all changed this past November when he was finally adopted by the McIntosh family.
William’s family says, “William is such a gift and we are so pleased he is our son.”
In just a few days, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption will launch its 2018 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplace survey. This survey measures the financial reimbursement given to employees who adopt, paid time off to employees who adopt as well as any benefits given to employees who are foster parents.
The Best Adoption-Friendly Workplace survey encompasses benefits for ALL types of adoptions.
The first thing Jamie Honerlaw, a Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruiter, noticed about De’Andre was his outgoing personality. She knew what kind of family De’Andre wanted — one with a mom and a dad and little siblings – and was determined to find it for him. He’d been in foster care for nearly four years when Jamie introduced him to the Fargasons. She knew their family was the perfect fit for De’Andre.
Today, as an official member of the Fargason family, De’Andre is thriving and has big goals for his future.
It’s what many of us consider a simple rite of passage.
Getting your driver’s license.
But for teenagers in foster care, it’s not a given. Often times they aren’t in one place long enough to find someone to teach them and if they do get their license, whose car would they drive?
15 year old Dean Hillard is studying for his permit with his dad. Something he wouldn’t be doing if he hadn’t been adopted when he was 9 years old. Dean spent three years in foster care after he was taken from his biological family at age 6.
Laverne Moore-Jenkins and her husband Terry have been fostering children for almost 30 years. They have always enjoyed working with teens to help them get the skills they need to transition out of the foster care system as well as provide them a place to visit.
By the time Raychelle joined the Jenkins family at the age of 15, she had lived in 26 homes. She is deaf and developmentally delayed, and had never learned American Sign Language. Working together, they learned. Now they sign to each other, and Raychelle knows hundreds of words.
Just as every child deserves a home, we believe all parents deserve support and time to bond with their children. The 2018 Top 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces survey opens next month! If your employer offers adoption benefits, we want to hear about it. Encourage them to take part in our survey, which will be available beginning January 8: https://davethomasfoundation.org/partner/become-an-adoption-friendly-workplace/