The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding children in foster care permanent homes, has recognized Baylor University as one of their Top 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces.
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption surveyed the nation’s employers in search of those with the best adoption benefits, comparing financial reimbursement and paid leave given to new adoptive parents. The Foundation recognizes employers by size, industry, best leave and foster care benefits. Baylor tied for No. 89 overall in the United States and ranked No. 2 in the education industry. The University also is featured on the foundation’s foster care benefits list.
Baylor University implemented expansive new policies in April that provide paid parental leave for staff and an adoption assistance program that benefits both staff and faculty. Baylor is one of only two Texas universities and among the few nationally that provide both staff and faculty with paid parental leave. With the adoption assistance program, Baylor is the only university in Texas and one of a handful nationally that provides this benefit, placing Baylor among the top adoption-friendly universities in the country.
“We are honored to be recognized among the Top 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces in the United States – and No. 2 in education – by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption,” said Baylor President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D. “Our parental leave and adoption assistance benefits align with Baylor’s Christian mission and reflect our deep commitment to our faculty and staff by providing a supportive work environment that fosters the work-life balance vital to families’ capacity to flourish.”
Baylor’s parental leave policy provides up to four weeks of paid leave for full-time staff (female and male) who become parents through birth or adoption. The policy, which is available to staff immediately upon employment, gives parents time and flexibility to bond with their new child/children.
The adoption assistance program helps full-time faculty and staff defray expenses associated with the adoption process and affirms the choice by staff and faculty to grow their families in this way. The program reimburses up to $6,000 of qualifying adoption-related expenses per adoption, up to two children per year. Faculty and staff are eligible to participate in the program following one year of full-time employment with the University.
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