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.
To qualify, at the time of the adoption
Grants are $3,000 per child.
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:
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 a Shared Grant from your presbytery or PC(USA)-affiliated employer. Because of competing needs and limited resources, Shared Grants for adoption expenses are discretionary.
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.
Call the Board at 800-773-7752 (800-PRESPLAN) and ask for the Assistance team.