The latest Talking Benefits podcast episode dives into family forming benefits, or any benefit that is helpful in assisting workers in starting or growing a family. It can take the form of a specific benefit offering or time off on either a paid or unpaid basis.

My fellow pod squad members and I covered the following topics under the “family forming benefits” umbrella:

  1. Fertility benefits, including the actual diagnosis of infertility, plus tests and services like physical exams, medications, lab tests, genetic testing, IVF, non IVF treatments, and egg harvesting and freezing.
  2. Surrogacy reimbursement program—while many different families consider surrogacy for different reasons, it is the only biological pathway for parenting for some LGBTQ couples or individuals.
  3. Adoption, including resource or referral services, financial assistance, and leave.

We also talked about the reasons to offer family forming benefits. It’s important for employee recruitment and retention, it demonstrates an employer’s support for diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility, and supports employees’ mental and financial well-being.

The team spent time identifying steps an employer can take if they are looking to add or enhance family forming benefits. We also discussed paid leave options surrounding these benefits.

Give this episode a listen if you want to dive more into the world of family forming benefits!

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Anne Patterson

Director, PR, Communications & Brand Favorite Foundation Product: Foundation Community. It’s like LinkedIn but only for Foundation members. They can post questions, share best practices, etc—all with fellow members who also live and breathe employee benefits. Benefits-related Topics That Interest Her Most: Mental health, diversity, equity and inclusion, behavioral decision making, family-forming benefits, payroll audits. Personal Insight: When she’s not busy keeping up with her two little ones, Anne finds joy in home renovation and décor, haiku writing, watching Jeopardy, crafting charcuterie boards, and bicycling.

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