Adoption Assistance Grants

​Adoption Assistance Grants are available to eligible Medical Plan members to help pay for a portion of adoption-related expenses.


“The Christian love this grant represents is a reminder of the faith we share.”

The Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions provides Adoption Assistance Grants to eligible Medical Plan members to help pay for a portion of adoption-related expenses. These expenses range from medical expenses not reimbursed by the Medical Plan to adoption agency and attorney fees.

A portion of the funding for these grants comes from Relief of Conscience funds.

Who's eligible

To qualify, at the time of the adoption

  • you must be employed by a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregation, mid council, agency, or affiliated organization;
  • you and your adopted child must be enrolled for coverage in the Medical Plan; and
  • your adopted child must be a dependent under age 21.


Grants are $3,000 per child.

How to receive a grant

Notify the Board of a completed adoption by calling 800-773-7752 (800-PRESPLAN). You will be asked to add your child as a dependent in the Medical Plan using Benefits Connect if you have not already done so. You also will be asked to provide the following documentation, which the Board must receive before a grant can be provided:

  • Domestic adoption: a copy of the final adoption decree
  • International adoption: copies of the final adoption decree and the child's passport or written permission to remove the child from his or her native country

Additional assistance

If you are eligible for an Adoption Assistance Grant, your adoption expenses exceed available government tax credits and the Adoption Assistance Grant, and you need financial help, you may request an Emergency Assistance Grant from your presbytery or PC(USA)-affiliated employer. Because of competing needs and limited resources, Emergency Assistance Grants for adoption expenses are discretionary.

Medical exams for adopted children from other countries

Medical Plan members who are covered by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and adopt children from outside the United States can take advantage of a provision designed to meet the unique health needs of children from other countries. This benefit is available for children through 18 years of age.

Need help?

​Call the Board at 800-773-7752 (800-PRESPLAN).