Department of Human Resources
The Adoption Assistance benefit provides financial assistance, up to a maximum of $1,000, towards eligible expenses incurred in the adoption of a child under age 18. Benefits are paid once the child is "placed" in the home. "Placed" means the date the child becomes a member of the household and not the date of the final adoption, which may be some time after the child has actually been living with the adopting parent(s).
All regular full-time faculty and senior administrators, house staff and non-bargaining employees are eligible after sixty (60) days of employment.
If a child is adopted by eligible parents who are both employed by the University, each parent is eligible for the paid leave days and for reimbursement of expenses up to $1,000 each, without duplicating expenses.
Eligible expenses for reimbursement under the Adoption Assistance Plan include:
- Adoption agency fees
- Placement fees
- Lawyer's fees (including other required legal fees)
- Temporary foster care charges which are paid to the foster care provider immediately preceding the placement of the child in the home of the adopting family.
In addition, employees adopting children will be provided up to five (5) days excused paid leave to attend to activities related to the adoption. These days should be used within 30 days of the child's placement in the home.
Excluded expenses include, but are not limited to:
- Travel expenses for the child or adoptive parent(s)
- Medical fees (child's natural mother)
- Expenses incurred to obtain guardianship or custody of one's natural child, stepchild and foster child.
The Adoption Assistance Plan Reimbursement Form is to be used for all Adoption reimbursement requests. The form is available [online] or in the Human Resources Employee Service Center and should be returned to the Service Center when completed.
The amount approved for adoption assistance is reimbursed to the employee through payroll in a subsequent pay period. Adoption Assistance Plan benefits paid are subject to Federal Income Tax, State Income Tax, City Wage Tax, and FICA tax withholdings.
For more information, please contact the HR Service Center at (215) 503-HRSC or HRQuestions@Jefferson.edu.