Ask AF: Lobbying for Adoption Benefits

Considering lobbying for adoption benefits? Great idea! Our editors explain how to get started.

Q: I want to petition my company to instate adoption benefits — expense reimbursement, as well as paid leave. How should I approach this? What should I include in my proposal?

 

A: We applaud you for taking the initiative for adoption benefits! Put your request in writing — either an e-mail or a snail-mail letter.

Start by stating the average cost to adopt and the importance of bonding time with a newly adopted child. Say that adoption benefits are becoming mainstream, and that employee goodwill and loyalty will rise, despite a very low utilization rate.

Find all the resources you’ll need to launch your campaign HERE: a downloadable sample letter you can adapt, as well as links to adoption-friendly employers in the United States.



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U.S. Newborn, International
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Medina, OH
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Carmel, IN
U.S. Newborn
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Bethesda, MD
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Caring for Kids, Inc.
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
U.S. Newborn, U.S. Foster
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Wynnewood, PA
U.S. Newborn
Cradle of Hope Adoption Center
Silver Spring, MD
U.S. Newborn, International
Forever Families Through Adoption
Rye Brook, NY
U.S. Newborn, U.S. Foster, International

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