We’re in Great Company with Adoption-Friendly Workplaces

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We’re in Great Company with Adoption-Friendly Workplaces

by Lilliana Esposito, SVP, Chief Communications Officer
THE WENDY'S COMPANY WAS GIVEN THE BEST ADOPTION FRIENDLY WORKPLACES FOREVER FAMILY STATUS IN 2016.

THE WENDY'S COMPANY WAS GIVEN THE BEST ADOPTION FRIENDLY WORKPLACES FOREVER FAMILY STATUS IN 2016.

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I’ve written here before about Wendy’s long-time commitment to foster care adoption. It’s a passion that flows throughout our system of restaurants around the world, and a cause we work to elevate in the minds of the public every chance we get. With more than 6,000 restaurants in North America alone, we touch millions of customers every day with the message from our founder Dave Thomas: Unadoptable is Unacceptable.

But we’re not just a brand, we’re also an employer, and our support for adoption starts at home – with our employees. Since 1990, we have offered adoption benefits to employees. And since 2007, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption has published an annual ranking of the most adoption-friendly workplaces in the country. In the first year of the list, we actually ranked 21st.  I wasn’t with Wendy’s at the time, but I can only imagine how that news went over. It’s pretty clear that anything less than #1 was not going to cut it for future years at Wendy’s! So since 2008, we’ve proudly topped the list of Most Adoption-Friendly Workplaces based on the benefits we provide to employees who build their families through adoption.

Those benefits, which include paid time off for bonding and up to $30,000 in financial assistance for each adopted child, help our employees navigate the challenging and life-changing experience of adopting a child. And while our charitable efforts focus on foster care adoption and finding forever, loving families for children who are waiting in our foster care system, as an employer, we offer adoption benefits for any type of adoption – foster care, domestic, international, or otherwise.

Quite simply, family is family no matter how it’s formed, and building strong families at home makes our workplace family even stronger.

This year, however, another company took top honors in the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s annual rankings. We are thrilled to recognize the work of Ferring Pharmaceuticals for topping the list this year, followed by Citizens Bank, Abbott and Hanes Brands.  These companies clearly recognize that supporting their employees’ adoption journeys is not just a feel-good thing, it’s also good business. We have seen over and over again that our support of adoption pays back ten-fold in employee goodwill and engagement.

So where is Wendy’s on this year’s list you might ask? We talked with the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption earlier this year and together agreed that after a history of holding the top spot, we’d transition to Forever Family status. It’s a permanent place of honor for us, and also one that allows us to be the loudest cheerleaders we can for other companies on the list.

Is your company on the list? Sound off in the comments below and tell us about your adoption journey and how your company’s benefits helped.

Click here to read a story from Wendy's very own Pat McCauley. He and his wife Aldina utilized Wendy's adoption benefits to welcome their son Abram into their home.

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