Adoption Assistance

Policy

NKCH Full and part time employees scheduled at 16 hours or more per pay period who have been employed for at least one year and who have worked at least 1250 hours in the year prior to the request for Adoption Assistance. Eligible employees must be employed in this capacity at the time the adoption is final.

The benefit is designed to pay a portion of your adoption expenses, much like the health plan pays for maternity expenses. 

The benefit will pay $1500 per child per year. If you adopt a special needs child (as defined by your state of residence) the benefit will pay $3000. The annual maximum benefit is $3000. 

The Adoption Assistance Benefit will cover the adoption of a child under age 18 who is not your blood relative or a step child and is payable PER adoption (i.e. only one parent may apply for reimbursement.)

Eligible employees may also use the NKCH Family Medical Leave to take time off to care for an adopted child. See the policy for complete detail.

Procedure

  1. Reimbursable fees include the following: Licensed adoption agency fees; court and legal (attorneys) fees; state required pre-placement home studies and supervision programs. 
  2. Adoption Assistance Claim forms are available in HR and on the NKCH Intranet under Resources, Employee Benefits, Adoption Assistance Claim Form. You will receive reimbursement for your adoption expenses after you have completed a claim form and submitted copies of the appropriate bills and the final adoption decree. The claim form, bills and adoption decree must be turned into HR within 90 days after the adoption is final.After your claim is processed, it will be added to your normal paycheck. The Adoption Assistance benefit is subject to normal Federal and State taxes.