VETTA SPORTS RECOGNIZED AS AN ADOPTION-FRIENDLY WORKPLACE BY DAVE THOMAS FOUNDATION FOR ADOPTION
Vetta Sports, in St. Louis, Missouri, was recognized #2 in their industry (Sports/ Recreation) as an Adoption-Friendly Workplace by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, America’s only nonprofit public charity dedicated to finding homes for children in foster care.
“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 employees whom have chosen the joy of adoption.”
Since 2007, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption has compiled an annual list of the top adoption-friendly workplaces. This year, for the first time, the Foundation is recognizing all companies that applied. A new Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces website (adoptionfriendlyworkplace.org) will help employers and job seekers compare how companies stack up.
Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces are determined by an analysis of financial assistance and paid leave for families who adopt, based on surveys completed by employers. Break-out lists are available noting America’s top 100 adoption-friendly employers, the top 10 by size, and the leaders in each industry.
“We’re committed to dramatically increasing the number of adoptions from foster care, and commend all employers who support families – especially those that grow their families through adoption,” said Rita Soronen, president and CEO of the Foundation. “We are so grateful to every company that has adoption-friendly benefits in place, and we’re honored to recognize them as an Adoption-Friendly Workplace.”
Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces recognizes organizations of every size and industry that offer adoption benefits. Employers who applied for the program offer an average of $8,000 and five weeks of paid leave. Financial reimbursement varies from $0 to $25,000, and paid leave varies from one to 18 weeks. Unpaid leave for adoption, beyond what is required by the Family and Medical Leave Act, ranges from one week to three years.
More than 110,000 children in the U.S. foster care system are waiting to be adopted. Every year, more than 20,000 children in foster care age out of the system without families.
Companies and their employees interested in learning how to create or enhance an Adoption-Friendly Workplace can order the Foundation’s free kit at: adoptionfriendlyworkplace.org.
About the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption:
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is a national nonprofit public charity dedicated exclusively to finding permanent homes for the more than 130,000 children waiting in North America’s foster care systems. Created by Wendy’s® founder Dave Thomas, who was adopted, the Foundation implements evidence-based, results-driven national service programs, foster care adoption awareness campaigns and innovative grant making. To learn more, visit davethomasfoundation.org or call 1-800-ASK-DTFA.
The Wendy’s Company - Forever Family: The Wendy’s Company was the original advocate of the Adoption-Friendly Workplace program. The company put in place robust workplace adoption benefits more than 25 years ago. In 2016, The Wendy’s Company was awarded Forever Family status, which is an emeritus position on the Top 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplace list that recognizes their continued commitment to these crucial benefits.
Mary Ellen Smalley
Director of Marketing and Communications Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption