Adoption Assistance is available to eligible active and retired Benefits Plan members to help pay for a portion of adoption-related expenses.
The Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions provides Adoption Assistance to eligible Benefits Plan members, including retirees and surviving spouses, 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.
$6,500 per child
To qualify, at the time of the adoption
*An affiliated organization includes senior housing and care facilities, colleges and universities, and camps and conference centers.
Notify the Board of a completed adoption by calling 800-773-7752 (800-PRESPLAN) (TTY: 711). 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. 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) (TTY: 711).