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Adoption Benefits Extended

March 26, 2020

Loving families are dynamic and take diverse forms. Many parents welcome children into their homes through adoption. The University strives to ensure faculty and staff members who adopt have the best possible support through this phase of their lives.

To assist these families, the University of Pennsylvania amended the Adoption Assistance Plan. Effective March 2, 2020, the revised plan extends benefits to eligible faculty and staff for the adoption of their spouses’ children.

Penn’s Adoption Assistance Policy was implemented to reimburse eligible employees for qualified expenses resulting from the adoption of an eligible child. Now the child of an eligible faculty or staff spouse is considered eligible. Participants may be reimbursed up to $5,000 for costs directly related to a legal adoption, such as travel and court fees.

The updated Adoption Assistance Plan, along with details about eligibility, timelines, and tax treatment for qualified adoptions, is available at

If you have questions about adoption assistance, please contact Karen Kille, Senior Work-life Consultant, or 215-898-7729.