100 Best Adoption Friendly Workplaces

Vetta Sports based in St. Louis, Missouri ranked #3 in the top 100, in Sports/Recreation on the 2011 Best Adoption- Friendly Workplaces List released by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption on September 19th.

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 its annual survey of 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.

Vetta Sports is honored to be once again named one of the nation s most ‘adoption-friendly employers by The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. As a family-owned company, Vetta Sports believes in the importance of a balanced work and family life. We are proud to support our exceptional employee s whom have chosen the joy of adoption.

The Wendy s Company is number one on this year s list, with a combination of up to $24,300 in adoption assistance and up to six weeks paid adoption leave. Hanes brands Inc., a newcomer to the list, came in second with up to $20,000 and two weeks paid leave.

The caliber of benefits offered by employers has changed dramatically since the Foundation began announcing the list five years ago. In 2007, an employer offering up to $10,000 and two weeks paid leave for adoption was ranked in the nation s top 10. Today, that employer would be tied for 34th place. Five years ago, an employer offering up to $5,000 and six weeks paid leave for adoption made the top half of the list at number 49. Today, that employer would just make the cut-off for the top 100.

Today, more than 107,000 children are available for adoption in U.S. foster care. Each year, nearly 26,000 of these youth will end up leaving the system when they turn 18 without a family. The release of the fifth annual Best Adoption-FriendlyWorkplaces List helps the Foundation increase foster care adoption awareness while celebrating those businesses that support adoptive families.

In addition to ranking the top 100, the Foundation also recognized the top 10 by size and the leaders of each industry. To view all of the honorees, visit www.DaveThomasFoundation.org.

About the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is America’s only nonprofit public charity dedicated exclusively to finding permanent homes for the 107,000 children waiting in foster care to be adopted. Created by Wendy s® founder, Dave Thomas, who was adopted, the Foundation implements results-driven national signature programs, foster care adoption awareness initiatives and research-based advocacy efforts. To learn more, visitwww.DaveThomasFoundation.org or call 1-800-ASK-DTFA.

Vetta Contact: Jaime Salas

Email: [email protected], Phone: (636) 498- GOAL (4625) ext 10

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