The Adoption Assistance benefit is intended to assist with eligible expenses associated with the adoption of a child under the age of 18, up to a maximum benefit of $4,000 per child.  The child to be adopted may not be a relative, stepchild, or step-grandchild of the associate or the spouse of the associate. Adoption benefits are not available if either (a) the parent is the natural parent, or (b) for legal guardianship.  Reimbursement for adoption expenses is considered taxable income and will be subject to applicable withholding taxes.

Reimbursement will be considered for:
  • Fees to agencies that have met all government requirements for licenses and approval (including fees for placement and parental counseling).
  • Court costs and reasonable attorney’s fees.
  • Costs incurred for state-required “pre-placement home study” and “post-placement supervision” programs.
  • Appropriate and necessary uninsured expenses related to the birth or health care of the child or pregnancy of the natural mother. These expenses must have been incurred within 1 year prior to the application for adoption assistance.
  • Charges for temporary foster care provided prior to placement. The foster care must be provided by an approved or licensed agency or individual and will be limited to 30 days.
  • Reasonable and customary transportation charges for the adoptive parents and the adoptive child where travel pertaining to completion of the adoption is necessary.

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