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.