Adoption Assistance

Our Adoption Assistance Plan, open to full-time faculty and staff, reimburses newly adoptive parents up to $15,000 for eligible expenses associated with adopting a child under the age of 12. To learn more about eligibility, plan details, covered expenses, and how to apply, click the tabs below.


To participate in our Adoption Assistance Plan, you must be a full-time faculty or staff member with at least one year of full-time JHU service immediately prior to the initiation of the adoption process and remain employed through the date of adoption.

Children covered by the plan include any child under age 12 at the time the adoption process is initiated. Adoptions of stepchildren or children of same-sex domestic partners are not eligible if the natural, custodial parent is living.

Plan Details

This plan covers documented, eligible expenses for a single adoption up to a maximum of $15,000 per family. For the simultaneous adoption of two children, the maximum reimbursement will be $30,000 per family for all eligible expenses.

Requests must be received within 60 days of the adoption. Reimbursements are paid via payroll. In accordance with IRS requirements, reimbursements are subject to FICA and Medicare taxes, which will be withheld when paid. Reimbursements are not subject to federal income tax withholding and are also exempt from state income tax withholding in most states, including Maryland. The reimbursement will be reflected in box 12 of your W-2. Because there are income limits associated with the exclusion and possible differences between state and federal regulations, we recommend that employees seek tax advice regarding this benefit.

Reimbursement under the plan is limited to one adoption process during any two-year period.

Reimbursable Expenses

The following expenses are covered under JHU’s Adoption Assistance Plan:

  • Reasonable and customary public and private agency fees permitted or required under the law of the state having jurisdiction over the adoption
  • Reasonable and customary legal and court fees
  • Reasonable and customary fees for medical and hospital services provided to the child, the natural mother, and the adopting parents
  • Transportation fees associated with the adoption
  • Temporary foster care charges

What’s not covered?

  • Donations
  • Costs associated with legal guardianship

To participate in JHU’s Adoption Assistance Plan, submit a completed adoption plan form to Johns Hopkins University, Office of Benefits Services, Johns Hopkins at Eastern, 1101 E. 33rd St., Suite C020, Baltimore, MD 21218, or fax to 443-997-6812.