VMLY&R Named a Top Adoption-Friendly Company

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The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption has, once again, ranked VMLY&R's adoption benefits among the Top 100 of all U.S. companies and No. 1 of any advertising, marketing, and public relations agency.

“We talk a lot about being a tight knit ‘family’ at VMLY&R — and this is truly effort to show our support for the families that comprise the fabric of our company,” said Ronnie Felder, global chief people officer. “Our benefits strive to support the happiness and well-being of our employees and ensure that we’re offering inclusive benefits that support families in every form.”

VMLY&R offers financial assistance for adoption-related expenses, including fees, travel, and legal costs, incurred by full-time employees. Additionally, the company also provides 12 weeks of paid parental leave for both adoptive and foster parents.

“At VMLY&R, we strive to provide meaningful benefits that truly matter and make a real difference in the lives of our employees,” said Annmarie Burnette, managing director of benefits.

Luke Grover, technical architect at VMLY&R, and his wife, Kelly, adopted their daughters Zoey in 2017 and Holly in 2020.

“Kelly and I had always wanted a large family,” Luke said. “We had a heart for adoption and knew we wanted to provide a loving family for a child. It’s been an amazing experience, and I’m grateful to VMLY&R for supporting us on our adoption journey.”

Each year since 2002, the foundation has surveyed the nation’s employers for its ranking of the 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces. The annual survey weighs adoption-friendly corporate policies, including financial reimbursement for the costs of adoption and paid leave for employees.

View the complete 2021 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces list and other adoption resources for employers at davethomasfoundation.org/AFW. 

About the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption 

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is a national nonprofit public charity dedicated exclusively to finding permanent homes for the more than 150,000 children waiting in North America’s foster care systems. Created by Wendy’s® founder Dave Thomas who was adopted, the Foundation implements evidence-based, results-driven national service programs, foster care adoption awareness campaigns and innovative grantmaking. To learn more, visit davethomasfoundation.org.

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