First-Ever Adoption in Action Award Presented by AFABC and
Minister Tom Christensen
BURNABY, BC, June 27 /CNW/ - The Adoptive Families Association of BC
(AFABC) has awarded PricewaterhouseCoopers with the 2007 Adoption in Action
Award, naming the company as its pick for best adoption employer in BC.
Children and Family Development Minister Tom Christensen joined AFABC at the
awards ceremony on June 14th to present PricewaterhouseCoopers with the award.
The award, in its inaugural year, recognizes a BC employer that has gone
above and beyond to offer excellent adoption benefits to its employees.
Besides adoption-friendly family leave and flexible work arrangement policies,
PricewaterhouseCoopers offers adoption assistance which reimburses employees
with up to $10,000 per child to help with the costs of adoption.
"I applaud PricewaterhouseCoopers for the adoption benefits it provides
for employees," says Minister Christensen. "Supporting families involved in
the process of adopting is vitally important to successful adoptions, so
children can have the security of a permanent family."
Members of the AFABC awards selection committee researched BC companies,
both large and small. "We wanted to choose a company that not only supports
adoption in policy but that truly cares about families and adoption in a
larger sense," says Karen Madeiros, AFABC Executive Director. She says while
there are a few other companies in BC that provide good adoption benefits,
PricewaterhouseCoopers was the one which most stood out.
Companies offering adoption benefits are on the rise in Canada, with
forward-thinking employers beginning to recognize that families are changing.
Forty-five percent of Canada's Top 100 Employers now top up Employment
Insurance (EI) benefits for parents who adopt children. But as a whole in BC,
adoptive parents are eligible for 15 weeks less EI than biological parents
and, when many employers top up parental leave benefits, they exclude adoptive
families and the needs of their babies and children. Companies like
PricewaterhouseCoopers are rare.
"BC businesses are just now realizing they need to get on board,"
Madeiros says. "PricewaterhouseCoopers is one of the first companies to step
out and do what all employers should be doing. We believe it's important to
recognize them for the example they're setting."
"Workplaces that support employees in managing work and life
responsibilities help create healthier families and healthier communities,"
says Minister Christensen.
Campbell Lund, Senior Manager Human Capital with PricewaterhouseCoopers
in Vancouver says, "Our adoption programs are not just about financial
reimbursement. They are also about creating an inclusive and supportive
environment that recognizes the unique needs of our people wishing to adopt.
We recognize that one size does not fit all and flexibility is key." The
company enables employees to take time off from work to adopt and bond with
their children and provides resources and tools to help employees with
adopting and parenting.
PricewaterhouseCoopers provides industry-focused assurance, tax, and
advisory services to build public trust and enhance value for its clients and
their stakeholders. More than 140,000 people in 149 countries across its
network share their thinking, experience, and solutions to develop fresh
perspectives and practical advice. "PricewaterhouseCoopers" refers to the
network of member firms of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited, each
of which is a separate and independent legal entity. For more information
about PricewaterhouseCoopers, visit www.pwc.com.
The Adoptive Families Association of BC is a non-profit organization that
supports adoptive families and promotes adoption. Since 1977, AFABC has been
dedicated to finding a family for every child through adoption awareness,
education, and support. For more information on adoption benefits, AFABC, or
the organization's adoption awards, visit www.bcadoption.com.
For further information:
For further information: Jessica Choi, Communications Coordinator,
Adoptive Families Association of BC, (604) 320-7330, ext. 150,