Adoption Assistance

The University will reimburse an eligible employee 80% of specific, documented, and itemized adoption expenses up to a maximum of $3,000 in total reimbursement. Such expenses include licensed agency fees, legal expenses, state-required home study fees, travel expenses, fees for authentication of documents, translation and immigration fees, uninsured medical expenses of the birth mother, and charges for temporary foster care before placement.

Reimbursement will occur after the adoption is finalized. Itemized expenses must be presented for reimbursement, with a completed Adoption Assistance Reimbursement Form. The maximum reimbursement to a University employee during his/her total employment with the University is $6,000.  In cases where the adopting parents are both University employees, the reimbursement is paid only once to the family unit. 

Employees may use up to five accrued sick days for any time off associated with the adoption that qualifies under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). If the employee does not have any accrued sick time the employee may use available vacation time, personal time, or unpaid time for any time off associated with the adoption concurrently with the FMLA approved leave. (See the Family and Medical Leave Act Policy). 

For additional information on the adoption assistance program, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (570) 941-7767.