Adoption Assistance is available to eligible Benefits Plan members to help pay for a portion of adoption-related expenses.
Detailed below is eligibility and grant amount information for 2021. The Board of Pensions has announced extensive changes to the Assistance Program that support wholeness and broaden eligibility. Read more about these changes, which take effect January 1, 2022.
The Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions provides Adoption Assistance to eligible Benefits 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
$3,000 per child
Notify the Board of a completed adoption by calling 800-773-7752 (800-PRESPLAN). You will be asked to provide the following documentation, which the Board must receive before a grant can be provided:
If you are eligible for Adoption Assistance, your adoption expenses exceed available government tax credits and the Adoption Assistance, and you need financial help, you may request Emergency Assistance from your presbytery or PC(USA)-affiliated employer. Because of competing needs and limited resources, Emergency Assistance for adoption expenses is 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).