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Is Your Workplace Adoption-Positive?

Does Your Company Create a Family-Friendly and Adoption-Positive Work Culture?

At The Cradle, we envision a world where every child thrives in a safe and loving family. We have heard from countless Cradle family members about the support from their employers surrounding their adoption process and ongoing journeys as parents.

In 2022, The Cradle is excited to recognize agencies at the forefront of including adoption in their benefits plans and proving ongoing parenting resources for employees with The Cradle Companies List.

The Cradle Companies List will highlight organizations offering competitive benefits to adoptive parents, including but not limited to:

⬤  paid maternal and paternal leave

⬤  financial assistance

⬤  employee assistance program resources and referrals

⬤  continued education

⬤  counseling

⬤  child care

⬤  & more!

Criteria for The Cradle Companies List

Using the standards set by past Silver Cradle Awardees from 2003-2019, The Cradle team will determine the top companies supporting employees touched by adoption in a variety of areas.


Competitively Adoption-Positive & Family-Friendly

✔  Weeks of paid parental leave for new adoptive parents (max.): 12+

✔  Financial Assistance (Maximum): $5,000+

✔  Provision of multiple additional resources for new parents/families touched by adoption*


Excellence in Adoption-Positive Best Practices

✔  Weeks of paid parental leave for new adoptive parents (max.): 2+

✔  Financial Assistance (Maximum): $5,000+

✔  Provision of additional resources for new parents/families touched by adoption encouraged*

How Do I Apply?

Does this sound like your employer? Would you like to share your company’s benefits with prospective parents and families in The Cradle community?

Applications for The Cradle Companies List close of November 30, 2021 – the end of National Adoption Month. You may apply via:

⬤  Online form: We encourage you to save your content in a separate document, as our online form does not save responses.

⬤  Downloadable PDF form: Attached. Please complete (type or handwritten) and email to

We are grateful to TransUnion for their sponsorship of The Cradle Companies List.