The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption has named PJM Interconnection, with headquarters in Lower Providence Township, one of the most adoption-friendly companies in the nation for the 12th consecutive year.
PJM, operator of the nation’s largest power grid, was also ranked first among energy and utility companies.
Each year since 2002, the foundation has surveyed the nation’s employers and ranked the 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces. It ranks companies based on their adoption benefits, such as financial reimbursement for the costs of adoption and paid adoption leave for employees.
“We’re proud to be committed to helping employees who want to grow their families through adoption and are honored to be recognized for the 12th time,” said Nora Swimm, Senior Vice President of Corporate Client Services. “As we continually try to create a better workplace, we start by first caring for our employees and their families.”
Chester Springs resident Jeff McLaughlin, Senior Lead Engineer of Transmission Service, and his wife Carolyn made use of PJM’s benefits when adopting their daughters Grace and Libby in 2014 and 2017, respectively.
“We’re truly grateful for the PJM benefits we received as we navigated the adoption process,” said McLaughlin. “It’s more than a financial benefit – the culture of PJM is extremely supportive and helpful. We sing its praises any time we get a chance.”
The announcement of this year’s 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces list precedes National Adoption Month, a collective campaign to raise awareness of the children in foster care waiting to be adopted. Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy’s and of the foundation, was adopted himself and was a champion of adoption.