By on September 20th, 2011

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption today announced the fourth annual 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces list recognizing organizations nationwide for their adoption benefits. The Wendy’s/Arby’s Group earned the top spot by offering a maximum of $24,300 in financial assistance and up to six weeks paid leave.

“This is one of the highest honors our company can receive. Dave Thomas was passionate for the cause of adoption, and he personally contacted thousands of companies asking them to extend adoption benefits to employees. We’re extremely proud to follow his lead and help our employees realize the joys of adoption,” said David Karam, President of Wendy’s International

Teressa Johnson has worked for Wendy’s for 21 years. She and her husband have adopted three children: one as an infant and two siblings from foster care. “We knew adoption was our way of building our family. Wendy’s helped us through the whole process. For our foster care adoption, Wendy’s covered the minimal expense. We didn’t pay anything. It’s such a benefit to have help and support from your employer.”

Rankings for the Best Adoption Friendly Workplaces List are determined by an analysis of a company’s adoption benefits available to employees who adopt, such as financial reimbursement and paid leave. The Foundation compiled the results from survey data collected from nearly 500 U.S. employers and partnered with Employee Benefit News, a SourceMedia publication that is the leading source of information for benefits decision makers, to announce the winners.

The average financial reimbursement for all Foundation survey participants is $5,500 and the average paid leave offering is five weeks. More than 40 percent also offer unpaid leave beyond that required by the Family Leave and Medical Act, ranging from one week to three years.

Each year, the Foundation announces a list of employers with the best adoption benefits in the nation.

Rankings are based on the maximum amount of financial reimbursement and paid leave for employees who adopt. Honorees include the top 100, the top 10 by size and the top five in each industry.

America’s top 10

1. The Wendy’s Company
2. HanesBrands
3. Barilla America, Inc.
4. Liquidnet Holdings, Inc. (tie)
4. LSI Corporation (tie)
4. United Business Media LLC (UBM) (tie)
7. Boston Scientific
8. Bloomberg (tie)
8. Putnam Investments (tie)
10. Vanguard Group





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