May 8, 2024

Apex Recognized as Adoption Advocate For by Dave Thomas Foundation

INDIANAPOLIS—The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption has named Apex Benefits an Adoption Advocate for its employee adoption benefits. For the past three years, the Indianapolis-based employee benefits consultant has been named on the list alongside organizations from across the country that prioritize providing benefits and resources for employees who foster and adopt.

Director of Apex Academy Toni Stinson was one of the first employees to take advantage of Apex’s adoption benefits. “John Gause and HR created the adoption benefit while we were in the process of adopting. Not only did it provide us with the opportunity to be open to an out-of-state adoption, which has extra fees and expenses, but it told us that the company respected and honored adoptive families. In a very real way, this benefit helped Troy, Alex and I become a family,” said Stinson.

“Adoption is expensive, and as our employees and their families open their hearts and homes for adoption, Apex wants to help lift some of the financial burden. We hope that employers across the nation continue to explore this benefit and stand alongside their employees on their adoption journey,” stated Vice President of HR & Administration Stephanie DiBlasio.

Apex Adoption Benefits

Full-time Apex employees are eligible for 10 days of parental leave and receive $5,000 in reimbursement to help cover adoption-related expenses. For instance, these expenses could include:

  • Application fees
  • Home studies
  • Legal, agency or placement fees
  • Court costs
  • Immigration, immunization and translation fees
  • Travel and transportation fees, including meals and lodging
  • Parent, child and family adoption counseling
  • Medical expenses of the child before adoption

About the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is a national, nonprofit public charity dedicated to finding permanent homes for the more than 140,000 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.

More than 30 years ago, Dave Thomas led an initiative advocating for better adoption benefits in the workplace. The Foundation has carried that legacy forward through the Adoption-Friendly Workplace program. The Foundation recognizes organizations that offer best-in-class adoption and foster care benefits, offers a toolkit to help employers develop their policies and shares stories of impact. Learn more at

About Apex Benefits

Apex Benefits is Indiana’s largest independent employer benefits brokerage and consulting firm focused solely on group insurance programs. The organization’s proprietary solutions for achieving data-driven cost savings are powered by strategists who leverage their underwriting, insurance and health care expertise to save employers more on health care costs so they can invest more in their organizations and employees.

View the list of Adoption Advocates of 2024