Adoption Assistance - Human Resources at Ohio State

Adoption Assistance

Ohio State’s family-friendly benefits include financial resources for adopting a child. The Ohio State University Adoption Assistance Plan reimburses eligible employees up to $5,000 per child for eligible adoption-related expenses after the adoption of a minor child is finalized. There is a lifetime maximum of two adoptions per eligible employee. If two adopting parents of the same adopted child are both eligible for adoption assistance, the total maximum benefit amount for that adoption is $5,000 and the maximum reimbursement applies jointly.

Adoption Assistance Plan Details

Adopted children must be under the age of 18 at the time the qualified adoption expenses occur. The adopted child may not be the child of the eligible employee’s spouse.

An eligible employee is an OSU employee who holds an eligible appointment and has completed at least one year of employment with OSU in that eligible appointment. Eligibility ends upon the employee’s termination of employment or transfer to an ineligible appointment.

Adoption Assistance Reimbursement Requests are processed by Human Resources, Benefits Services. Adoption benefits may have tax implications; consult your tax advisor.

Eligible expenses that are directly related to the adoption may be reimbursable if incurred after the eligible appointment date and the claim is received no later than 12 months after the date the adoption becomes final. Some eligible expenses include:

  • Agency and placement fees
  • Legal fees and court costs
  • Required medical expenses for the child prior to adoption (including immunizations)
  • Immigration fees
  • Translation services
  • Transportation and lodging expenses

Note: All documents must be translated to English and show American currency.

The following expenses are not eligible for payment through The Ohio State University Adoption Assistance Plan (including, but not limited to):

  • Medical examination fees for adopting parents
  • Cost of personal items, such as clothing and food for either the parents or the child
  • Expenses incurred prior to eligibility for the benefit
  • Mileage

Placement of a child in your home or the finalization of the adoption is a qualifying status change for which you may add the child to applicable university benefit plans within 30 days of the event.

This is intended to be an overview. Refer to the Plan Document for complete information. In the event the information on these pages differs from the Plan Document, the Plan Document will govern.