Adoption & Foster Care

Adoption Assistance Program

The University's Adoption Assistance Program assists full-time, benefits-eligible officers and non-union support staff with the often substantial costs incurred with adoption. Eligible officers and non-union support staff are entitled to a reimbursement of up to $5,000 per adoption for qualified expenses incurred on or after your first day of full-time employment. The reimbursement appears in your paycheck. If you adopt two or more children at the same time, you may submit up to $10,000 in expenses for reimbursement.  If both you and your spouse or same-sex domestic partner are Columbia Officers or Non-Union Support Staff members, you are eligible for a maximum of $5,000 each ($10,000 to the couple for the single adoption of one child).


A partial list of expenses covered by the Adoption Assistance Program includes:
  • public or private adoption agency fees permitted or required under the law of the state having jurisdiction over the adoption,
  • legal and court fees
  • fees for medical and hospital services provided to the child (not otherwise covered by insurance)
  • traveling expenses associated with the adoption, including transportation, meals, and lodging
  • immigration, child's immunization, and translation fees
  • temporary foster care charges provided before placement of the eligible child in the employee's home
Please see Benefits at Columbia for a complete list of expenses that qualify for reimbursement, and instructions on how to submit for reimbursement. The adoption of your spouse's or partner's child is not covered under this program.