WellStar tops list of adoption-friendly workplaces



WellStar Health System ranked first in the healthcare industry and 35th overall on the 2012 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces list released by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

WellStar offers its full-time employees 120 hours and eligible part-time employees 60 hours of paid leave, per adoption. WellStar also offers employees a maximum of $10,000, per finalized adoption ($20,000 maximum lifetime amount).

“Retaining our exceptional team members and recruiting new ones are vital to WellStar’s vision, as is our on-going commitment to making WellStar a great place to work,” said David Anderson, WellStar’s executive vice president, human resources, organizational learning and chief compliance officer. “Offering these kind of exceptional benefits enables our employees to maintain a work-life balance for a fulfilling personal and professional life.”

Every year the Foundation announces America’s top 100 adoption-friendly employers, the top 10 by size, and the leaders in each industry from its annual survey of U.S. employers. Rankings are determined by an analysis of a company’s adoption benefits, including the maximum amount of financial reimbursement and paid leave for families who adopt. The top 100 are featured in the September issue of Employee Benefit News, a SourceMedia publication that is the leading source of information for benefits decision makers.

Organizations of every size and industry offer adoption benefits. Employers who applied for the list offer an average of $6,800 and four weeks of paid leave. Financial reimbursement varies from $500 to $25,300, and one to 18 weeks of paid leave. Unpaid leave for adoption, beyond what is required by the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), ranges from one week to three years.

The Wendy’s Company is No. 1 on this year’s list, with a combination of up to $25,300 in adoption assistance and up to six weeks of paid adoption leave. To view the full list, visit adoptionfriendlyworkplace.org. (Editor’s note: The Foundation is not an affiliate of The Wendy’s Company.)

Adoption benefits are one of the easiest benefit policies a company can offer and are becoming more popular. In Aon Hewitt’s annual survey of 1,000 major U.S. employers, only 12 percent offered a financial adoption benefit in 1990. This year, 56 percent of employers reported offering a financial adoption benefit.

There are more than 100,000 children in the U.S. foster care system waiting to be adopted. Every year, nearly 30,000 children in foster care turn 18 and leave the system without families to call their own. The release of the sixth annual Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces List helps the Foundation increase foster care adoption awareness while celebrating those businesses that support adoptive families.


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