Particularly in these economic times, adoption benefits seem to be one offering that can help employers do well by doing good.

At a time when financial uncertainty could discourage some people from adopting a child, many employers are staying committed to providing adoption benefits to their workers. Such offerings could enable a family to proceed with adoption plans, and allow employers to provide or maintain a valued but inexpensive benefit, despite the cost-cutting environment.

"The economy has not affected the continued increase in the number of adoption benefit policies nationwide," notes Rita Soronen, executive director of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. "It´s the one benefit employers can add without negatively impacting the bottom line. Even though [adoption benefits] are popular with employees, utilization rates are extremely low. Adoption benefits give companies an affordable opportunity to help their employees and impact the lives of children without families."

The foundation recently rolled out its annual list of the Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces. Click here to read EBN's report, written by Managing Editor -- and new adoptive mom! -- Leah Carlson Shepherd.

Related EBN coverage:
* Adoption benefits mature in the workplace
* Employers honored for best adoption benefits
* Helping fill out the family tree

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