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OhioHealth named a “Best Adoption-Friendly Workplace” by Dave Thomas Foundation

Other ranked companies include American Express, Hilton, Microsoft and the NBA

OhioHealth has been recognized as one of the “Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces” in the country by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. This is the 11th annual employer survey conducted by the foundation to identify the top 100 employers in the country with the best adoption benefits. OhioHealth ranked 21st.

“We are proud to be recognized by the Dave Thomas Foundation for our adoption-related benefits,” said Johnni Beckel, senior vice president and Chief Human Resources Officer. “Helping our associates expand their family while helping a child find their ‘forever’ home brings us great joy and we’re very happy to be able to do that for them.”

The Foundation looks at financial reimbursement and paid leave to create its list.

OhioHealth’s program allows for a lifetime maximum benefit of two adoptions. For each adoption, an associate can be reimbursed up to $13,460 in eligible expenses, including:

  • Legal fees and court fees
  • Adoption agency fees and foreign adoption fees (agency must be licensed by the State of Ohio)
  • Required medical exams for the child and/or the adopting parent(s)
  • Initial immunizations for the child
  • Transportation costs to bring the child to the adopting parents (or for the adult accompanying the child to the United States, if applicable)
  • Other reasonable and customary expenses the adopting parents are legally required to pay, considered on a case by case basis
  • Expenses for kinship adoptions, i.e., adoption of a grandchild, sibling, niece, nephew, or cousin

Additionally, OhioHealth provides up to two weeks of partially paid (70%) parental leave to the associate.

“We are pleased and excited to see companies, both large and small, continue to be committed to the importance of family bonding time when a child enters a home through adoption, “said Rita Soronen, president & CEO of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

“There are more than 110,000 children in the U.S. foster care system waiting to be adopted,” added Soronen. “The Foundation is committed to dramatically increasing the number of adoptions from foster care. We commend all employers who recognize the importance of helping a child join their forever family.”

The complete Top 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplace list can be viewed here. The Foundation also recognizes employers by size, industry, best leave and foster care benefits. The 2018 survey will open in January.

About The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption:

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is a national nonprofit public charity dedicated exclusively 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 grant making. To learn more, visit or call 1-800-ASK-DTFA.

The Wendy’s Company - Forever Family:

The Wendy’s Company was the original advocate of the Adoption-Friendly Workplace program. The company put in place robust workplace adoption benefits more than 25 years ago. In 2016, The Wendy’s Company was awarded Forever Family status, which is an emeritus position on the Top 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplace list that recognizes their continued commitment to these crucial benefits.

About OhioHealth

OhioHealth is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit, charitable, healthcare outreach of the United Methodist Church. Based in Columbus, Ohio, OhioHealth has been recognized as one of the top five large health systems in America by Truven Health Analytics, an honor it has received six times. It is also recognized by FORTUNE as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” and has been for 11 years in a row, 2007-2017.

Serving its communities since 1891, it is a family of 29,000 associates, physicians and volunteers, and a network of 11 hospitals, 200+ ambulatory sites, hospice, home-health, medical equipment and other health services spanning a 47-county area.

OhioHealth hospitals include OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, OhioHealth Doctors Hospital, OhioHealth Grady Memorial Hospital, OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital, OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital, OhioHealth Marion General Hospital, OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital, OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital, OhioHealth Shelby Hospital and OhioHealth Rehabilitation Hospital. For more information, please visit our website at