Sarah (Sarah Mahalchick) and her future husband talked about adopting during their first date. They told each other from the beginning that there are many children who need their parents.
But when they were preparing to expand their family, they chose fertility treatment, including in vitro fertilization. This seems to make sense: Ms. Mahalchick’s employer will cover most of the treatment costs through her health insurance. It hardly contributes to adoption.
Among blue chip companies, the benefits of fertility are becoming more and more popular, and more and more companies are willing to help to reduce the cost of IVF and egg freezing. However, in many cases, companies that provide maternity benefits will not provide financial assistance to employees who want to adopt, and the time to receive pensions is usually much less.
Estimates of how many companies provide fertility or adopt benefits are vague. Most employers do not give it. But the gap is obvious.
The Human Resource Management Association estimates that as of 201