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Adoption Assistance

All regular employees who work at least 20 hours per week are eligible to participate in this program which offers financial assistance for adoption-related expenses.

The Benefit

The Adoption Assistance Program provides eligible employees financial assistance up to a maximum of $5,000 per adopted child for certain expenses related to the adoption of a minor child under the age of 18.  A $10,000 maximum applies if both spouses/same-sex domestic partners work for BNL.

How it Works

To request a reimbursement for eligible expenses, submit a Request for Reimbursement form, itemized bills, proof of payment, and a certified copy of the judicial order of adoption to the Benefits Office within 90 days after the adoption is final. Financial assistance reimbursement will be made only after the adoption is final. Reimbursements are made directly to the employee, are considered taxable income, and are subject to withholdings at the time of payment. In order to be eligible for this program, you must notify the Benefits Office, Ext. 2881, in writing within 30 days after the adoption has been finalized.

Reimbursable Expenses

  • Licensed adoption agency fees (including fees for placement and parental counseling).
  • Legal costs (including attorney’s fees and court costs).
  • Charges for transportation to obtain physical custody of the adoptive child (including reasonable and customary travel expenses for both the adoptive parents and the adoptive child). 

See the Adoption Assistance Summary Plan Document (PDF) for details.