Nestlé’s Parent Support Spotlight on Michael: Taking the Time You Need as a New Foster Dad

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Nestlé’s Parent Support Spotlight on Michael: Taking the Time You Need as a New Foster Dad

“Paid parental leave meant we could give our foster kids the attention they need.”
Michael and his wife Katy, who recently took in two foster children

Michael and his wife Katy, who recently took in two foster children

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Monday, January 22, 2018 - 12:00pm

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by Michael, Forklift Operator at Nestlé Purina

My wife Katy and I had been looking at adoption for a while, and we’d gone through the process of attaining an Illinois licence for adoption. It’s not about just filling in a form — we met a caseworker in December of 2016, and it took 10 months to go through the whole system, which included 35 hours of online courses and attending in-person classes 2 days a week from January-March 2017. Fortunately, in my role as forklift operator at Nestlé Purina’s Davenport facility in Illinois, my shifts include weekend hours — so I had some weekdays free to attend courses.

I had told my HR manager and our team lead that I was looking into adoption, and I’d heard that Nestlé had a new Parent Support Policy that I was eligible for, so in some ways we were prepared. But I don’t think anything could have prepared Katy and I for what was to come!

In Illinois, you need the same licence to foster a child as you do to adopt a child. We got the licence on September 1st, and were already applying to adopt a child — then something unexpected happened. I left for work on the morning of September 18th, and by the time I got to work at 6:30am Katy called and said the foster service were in need of emergency placement, and she’d agreed that we were available. I took a break from work at 10:30am and saw a text from Katy — two babies had already been brought to our house, we had practically no warning!

I immediately told my team lead, and headed home. I wasn’t due back at work for three days, but after two days my HR manager called and told me that I could start the Parental Support Policy. My 14 weeks of paid leave started with that frantic text and heading home on my break — it was that flexible!

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