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Adoption

NYU is committed to supporting its faculty and staff as they grow and maintain their families. Our programs and policies targeted to adoptive families recognize and support this important life change. NYU is proud to be recognized each year since 2007 as one of the 100 Best Adoption Friendly Workplaces by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

Adoption Information and Referral Services

Carebridge Life Resources, NYU's Employee Assistance Program, is available to provide information about the adoption process, the home visit, international and domestic adoptions, and make referrals to agencies, and lawyers for private adoptions. Counselors are available by phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 800-437-0911.

Adoption Assistance Program

The University reimburses up to $5,000 ($6,000 for a child with special needs) in eligible adoption expenses for all full-time Faculty (Code 102), Administrative and Professional Staff (Code 100), and Professional Research Staff (Code 103). If an employee and his/her spouse or domestic partner both work at NYU, the two together are eligible to be reimbursed up to a maximum of $5,000 per adoption. In the case of the simultaneous adoption of two eligible children, the maximum reimbursement will be $10,000 for all combined "qualified adoption expenses." To be eligible the full-time faculty or professional staff member must have:

Adopted a child who is under the age of 18 and is not be the child of the employee's spouse or domestic partner.

"Qualified expenses" related to the adoption of a child incurred on or after the employee's first day of NYU employment.

Completed and submitted the reimbursement form within six (6) months of placement of the eligible child in the employee's home.

For an application and more details about the Adoption Assistance Program, including a statement of "qualified adoption expenses," see the Adoption Assistance program brochure or email the NYU Human Resources, LiveSmart Program, livesmart@nyu.edu.

Adoption Supports

Information and Referral

Carebridge Life Resources, NYU's employee assistance program, offers consultation, information, and referral services for individuals considering domestic, international, and private adoptions.

Tax Benefits for Adoption

IRS Adoption Credit - Individuals who adopt children internationally and domestically are eligible for an income exclusion for financial assistance paid for or reimbursed by an employer for qualifying adoption expenses. Tax credits for expenses are also available. Income limits apply for both. For more information, talk with your tax accountant.

Covering your Dependents on Your Health Care Plan

The NYU Benefits Office provides information (PDF) about when and how to add dependents to your health care plans and establish dependent care employee spending accounts.

Time Off Policies

NYU's time and leave policies outlined in the Work-Family Supports section provide you with time to bond with and care for your new child.

Community Resources

Adoptive Families of America

The website for Adoptive Families Magazine features articles as well as an adoption guide and a directory of adoption agencies, attorneys and support groups. The "Growing Up Adopted" section addresses family concerns that come up at different ages during a child's life.

Adoptive Parents Committee, Inc. (APC)

A non-profit parent support group working to improve all aspects of adoption and interim (foster) care. The organization's four chapters(Long Island, New York City, New Jersey and the Hudson Region) hold monthly meetings with guest speakers, panels and discussion groups on topics pertaining to pre- and post-adoption issues. Publishes ADOPTALK, a monthly newsletter, and organizes other special membership events during the year.

Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere (COLAGE)

A national support and advocacy organization for LGBT parents and the daughters and sons of LGBT parents. Touches on family issues, discrimination, and more.

Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption

Provides free resources including step-by-step guide to adoption as well as information about becoming a foster parent.

National Adoption Center

This long-standing organization aims to inform and assist families who are thinking about adopting and those who have already adopted. They have also created a site called Adoption Clubhouse where children can share their stories, find homework help, and learn about celebrities who are adopted. Includes a parent guide and a teachers' section.

JCCA - Adoption Resource Center

The Jewish Child Care Association works with people of all communities and faiths. The Adoption Resource Center on their website has information about every step of the adoption process as well as information about special topics like race/culture, medical and educational considerations, and single parent adoption. The JCCA has its own Ametz Adoption Program to assist families in all stages of the adoption process.

RESOLVE General Adoption Support Group

Peer-led support group for members at any stage of the adoption process. Offers a friendly and confidential environment for all to share their journey with other who understand.

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