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VML Recognized as a Top Adoption-Friendly Company

VML ranked #67 in the Top 100, came in second in our industry and was recognized on the Breakout List for our foster care paid parental leave

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VML has been honored by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, earning a spot on the Top 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces list nationwide. Our ranking at #67 in the Top 100 and second place within our industry underscores our commitment to supporting adoption and foster care. We’re especially proud to be acknowledged on the Breakout List for our foster care paid parental leave.

Since 2002, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption 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 2024 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces list and other adoption resources for employers here

Kelli, Associate Director, Research Studio at VML, and her husband welcomed a new member to their family of three last year. From our families to our agencies, friends, lawyers and companies, each played a role, and none were insignificant,” Kelli said.

“Knowing that VML was pledging their support, both financially and emotionally, brought us through some of the dark times and helped us celebrate in the best of times. There is no better phrase than to say it brought us priceless peace of mind.“

— Kelli, Associate Director, Research Studio at VML

VML 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 VML, we strive to provide benefits that truly matter and make a difference in the lives of our employees. VML at its core is about family, and we believe in supporting our employees in their path to parenthood through our robust adoption and parental leave programs"

— Annmarie Burnette, Executive Director HR at VML

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

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