Annette Keen learned about the Allstate Adoption Network shortly after she started exploring adopting from China, so she eagerly dialed in from the field for a presentation by an international adoption expert. After hearing the speaker describe the typical time, costs and other facts, she and her husband decided a domestic adoption was best for them.
The Keens pursued an adoption through a private attorney, and three-and-a-half years ago, they brought a baby girl home from the hospital. Through it all, AAN members answered questions and shared tips with them. The group provides information, education and support to prospective adoptive parents and adoptive families, all of which add up to a valuable resource for Allstate employees.
"Waiting is very emotionally charged, for both international and domestic adoption," Keen said. "It's very helpful to hear from people who have been successful or have had challenges along the way."
- Conducted a comprehensive survey of members to learn more about their needs in order to optimize programming.
- Invited psychologist and researcher Tony Tran to present a webinar on the social, emotional and academic development of children adopted from other countries.
- Hosted Judy Stigger from The Cradle adoption agency, who updated members on current issues and trends in domestic adoption.
This ERG story appeared in the 2012 ERG Annual Report.