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Dordt University in Sioux Center is among organizations that have achieved Adoption Advocate Status through the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s Best Adoption Friendly Workplace for 2019.

SIOUX CENTER—Dordt University in Sioux Center is one of nearly 200 organizations that participated in the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s Best Adoption Friendly Workplace Survey for 2019 and achieved Adoption Advocate Status.

To earn this title, an organization must offer financial reimbursement toward adoption expenses and paid parental leave.

The program was started to recognize organizations that strive to make adoption a supported option for working parents.

Dordt offers $2,500 per child for adoption expenses as well as 80 hours of paid time off.

Since this policy was adopted in 2017, five Dordt employees and their families have adopted children and enjoyed the benefits of the adoption assistance Dordt provides.

One more family hopes to take advantage of this support during the 2019-20 academic year.

“Adoption for us has been an opportunity to live into the family God has called us to be,” said Aaron Baart, Dordt’s dean of chapel, who has three adopted children and two biological children. “It certainly has its challenges, but most good things do. At this point, I couldn’t even imagine what our family would look like without the biological and adoptive combination that makes up our home.”

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is a national 501 organization nonprofit public charity dedicated to finding permanent homes and loving families for children in North America’s foster care systems.

Created in 1992 by Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas, who was adopted as a child, the organization provides funding to adoption agencies, advocates for better adoption benefits in the workplace and works to build awareness about the importance of adoption from foster care.