Thomas Foundation recognizes Carmel


The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption announced last week the sixth annual list of the Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces in the government industry. Carmel and the Commonwealth of Kentucky tied for the No. 1 spot.

“Carmel is honored to be considered amongst the 2012 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption,” said Mayor Jim Brainard. “Families today are created in diverse ways and given Carmel’s dedication to ensuring our city remains a great place to raise a family, we have adjusted our benefits policy to better align with the varied needs of City employees.”

Carmel and Commonwealth of Kentucky provide their employees with up to $5,000 per adoption.

“Knowing that the City of Carmel has adoption benefits makes you feel privileged and honored,” said Jeff Cooper, maintenance foreman for the City of Carmel. “They will back you and support your decision to offer children a loving home and stability in life.”

“The formation of a family comes with both joys and challenges,” said Rita Soronen, president and CEO of the Foundation. “It is critical for parent and child to have the opportunity to adjust when a child joins his or her adoptive home. We’d like to say thank you to the employers who provide family-friendly work environments and offer benefits to make adoption more affordable for families who open their hearts and homes to a child.”

Rankings for the Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces List were determined by an analysis of a company’s adoption benefits that are made available to employees who adopt, such as financial reimbursement and paid leave.

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