Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption

Linthicum, MD November 10, 2014 – Today, Exceptional Software Strategies, Inc. (ESS) announced that it has been recognized for its employee adoption benefits by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. ESS was ranked #2 for small businesses on the organization’s 2014 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces List.

ESS offers its employees one week of paid leave and $6,500 financial assistance and/or reimbursement.

Since 2008, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption has compiled an annual list of the 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces to honor employers who offer the best adoption benefits in the U.S. The rankings, compiled from an annual survey of U.S. employers, are determined by an analysis of each company’s adoption benefits, including the maximum financial reimbursement and the amount of paid leave provided for employees who adopt.

“We are incredibly excited and grateful to see a growing number of employers across the country provide adoption benefits for employees,” said Rita Soronen, President and CEO of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. “Adoption, and in particular adoption from foster care, is an important and increasingly common path to parenthood; we commend all of the employers across the country who recognize the importance of providing benefits to employees looking to expand their families through adoption.”

The eighth annual Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces list also helps increase foster care adoption awareness while celebrating businesses that support adoptive families. There are more than 100,000 children in the U.S. foster care system waiting to be adopted. Every year, more than 20,000 children in foster care turn 18 and age out of the system without families.

To view the full list, visit adoptionfriendlyworkplace.org.



The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is a national nonprofit public charity dedicated exclusively to finding permanent homes for the more than 134,000 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 davethomasfoundation.org, call 1-800-ASK-DTFA, or follow the organization on Facebook and Twitter.

For additional information:

Carrie Boerio, Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption


(614) 764-6740

Haley Dorgan, Sunshine Sachs – Media Inquiries


(212) 691-2800


ABOUT Exceptional Software Strategies, Inc.:

Founded in 1996, Exceptional Software continues to grow as a leading provider of information technology solutions and services to the U.S. Government, state and local government, educational institutions, and private industry. We are a small, minority-owned business interested in long-term relationships, both with our customers and with our employees. We understand the value of ensuring the success of our clients and employees. We are committed to finding ways to continually improve so that we can provide better solutions and services.

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