MDRC Recognized as an Adoption Advocate by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption

Thursday, November 9, 2023


Lansing, 11/8/2023: Michigan Disability Rights Coalition (MDRC) is thrilled to announce its recognition as an Adoption Advocate by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption for the year 2023, joining organizations that are leading the way in providing robust adoption benefit programs.

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, in partnership with RTI International, conducts an annual survey to identify the top adoption-friendly workplaces in the United States. The recognition is based on various factors, such as financial reimbursement, paid leave, and employee eligibility for adoption benefits. MDRC is proud to have ranked among the top 50% of companies that offer foster parent benefits across all sectors and sizes.

“At MDRC, we strongly believe in creating an inclusive and supportive work environment for all working parents, including those who choose adoption or foster care,” said Executive Director Theresa Metzmaker. “We are honored to be recognized as an Adoption Advocate by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, and we remain committed to providing benefits that support all children and their families.”

MDRC is dedicated to advocating for disability justice, access, and ending oppression. The organization understands the importance of supporting employees who choose adoption or foster care, and it proudly offers paid parental leave to both adoptive and foster parents. This commitment reflects MDRC’s value of building an inclusive and connected community.

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s mission is to increase the number of adoptions of children waiting in North America’s foster care systems. By recognizing organizations like MDRC as Adoption Advocates, the foundation aims to encourage more employers to prioritize adoption benefits and support their employees in building loving families.

For more information about the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and the Top 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces, please visit

About Michigan Disability Rights Coalition (MDRC): Michigan Disability Rights Coalition is a leading disability justice organization dedicated to promoting disability pride and strengthening the disability movement by recognizing disability as a natural and beautiful part of human diversity. MDRC works to eliminate barriers and discrimination faced by people with disabilities by collaborating to dismantle all forms of oppression.