PREMIER PERK: Adoption Reimbursement
The healthcare company pays back up to $10,000 per child under 18 for adoption. Eligible expenses include fees for agencies, placement and home-study, legal, temporary foster care, transportation, immigration and translation. Employees receive up to 80 hours’ paid time off for adoption needs, which need not be used all at once.
One Mom’s Story After years of infertility treatments, it became clear to senior program manager Jackie Wolak and her husband, Dave, that “adoption was God’s plan for us.” They were matched with their first son, Evan, now 4, following a “long and onerous” process. Their second son, Cameron, almost 2, was born two years later at 33 weeks, spending three weeks in the hospital, partially because of respiratory distress. “Our goal was to be with him for as many daytime hours as we could. The adoption leave allowed us to do that,” she says. Support from her co-workers, family and friends, plus financial assistance also helped. “Using leave intermittently allowed our family to gradually adjust to new daycare plans,” she says.