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November 08, 2023

DES MOINES, Iowa — Wellmark has been named to the 17th annual 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. The list includes employers that are leading the way in providing adoption and foster care benefits and recognizing the need for this life-changing support.

According to the Dave Thomas Foundation, the 2023 list External Link includes a diverse group of organizations representing 22 industries. Employers that completed the survey offer an average of $14,831 in financial reimbursement for adoption costs — up 23.5% from 2022. The average amount of paid leave is 9 weeks, an increase of 8.4% since 2022. Wellmark, in alignment with these national statistics, provides employees with a lifetime maximum benefit of $15,000 for adoption assistance. Employees also receive up to 6 weeks of paid parental leave, in addition to standard paid leave.

The Dave Thomas Foundation partnered with RTI International, an independent, nonprofit research institute, to survey employers across the United States and score participants based on three criteria: financial reimbursement, paid leave and the percentage of employees eligible for those benefits. In addition to the 100 Best list, the Foundation ranks employers by size, industry, paid leave, foster care benefits and impact.

View the additional awards and recognition Wellmark has received as a top employer.