Manufacturing Companies Receive Awards for Adoption-Friendly Workplaces

May 1, 2009
Companies offer financial incentives as well as paid leave

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption announced on May 1 the third annual Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces in the industrial and manufacturing industry. LSI Corp. (Milpitas, Calif.) topped the list, followed by Franklin International (Columbus, Ohio); Quality Custom Cabinetry, Inc. (New Holland, Pa.); Dow Corning Corp. (Midland, Mich.); and Hypertherm, Inc. (Hanover, N.H.).

"We continue to see increases in the number of companies establishing and enhancing adoption benefit policies. Even with today's tough economy, we found that companies are dedicated more than ever to providing competitive benefits packages to help their employees when they adopt," said Rita Soronen, executive director of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. "It is one benefit that employers can add without negatively impacting the bottom line."

Rankings for the 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces list are determined by an analysis of a companys adoption benefits -- financial reimbursement and paid leave -- available to employees who adopt. The Foundation compiled the results from survey data collected from 753 U.S. employers. This year more than 90 organizations established or enhanced adoption benefits.

The following is a partial list of policies that winning companies employ.

  1. LSI Corp., Milpitas, Calif.
    Employees: 4,300
    Financial Assistance for Adoption -- $15,000, 2 weeks Paid Leave for Adoption
  2. Franklin International, Columbus, Ohio
    Employees: 350
    Financial Assistance for Adoption-- $10,000, 6 weeks Paid Leave for Adoption
  3. Quality Custom Cabinetry, Inc., New Holland, Pa.
    Employees: 275
    Financial Assistance for Adoption -- $7,500, 4 weeks Paid Leave for Adoption
  4. Dow Corning Corp., Midland, Mich.
    Employees: 10,643
    Financial Assistance for Adoption -- $6,000, 6 weeks Paid Leave for Adoption
  5. Hypertherm, Inc., Hanover, N.H.
    Employees: 1,100
    Financial Assistance for Adoption -- $5,000, 1 week Paid Leave for Adoption

To view the complete list

Today, more than 150,000 foster care children are available for adoption in North America -- 129,000 of them in the United States. Most will spend nearly four years in the system before they are adopted.

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