New July 1, 2021

UC supports eligible faculty and staff who wish to expand their immediate families through adoption. Beginning July 1, 2021, UC’s Adoption Assistance Plan, administered by WEX Health, provides financial support through reimbursement of up to $5,000 of eligible expenses per adoption.   

Eligibility

Who's eligible: Employees with Full, Mid-Level and Core benefits automatically qualify to participate; there is no need to enroll

Who pays: UC

How the plan works

You pay for the adoption-related expenses you incur throughout the adoption process, retaining receipts and other documentation. After the adoption is legally finalized, you can request reimbursement for up to $5,000 of eligible expenses per adoption. 

The reimbursement benefit is available for up to two adoptions, with a maximum of $10,000 in benefits in the employee’s lifetime. If both adoptive parents work for UC, the maximum combined reimbursement benefit for the adoption of one child is $5,000, or $10,000 for the adoption of two children.

Qualified expenses

The following expenses qualify for reimbursement if they are directly related to and for the principal purpose of adoption:

  • Attorney fees and court costs
  • Licensed adoption agency and placement fees
  • Immigration, translation and document authentication fees
  • Re-adoption expenses for a foreign child
  • Travel expenses, including meals and lodging while away from home
  • Parent, child and family adoption counseling fees
  • Home suitability study fees

How to submit claims for reimbursement

Follow these steps once your adoption is legally finalized:

  1. Complete the UC Adoption Verification Form and submit it to WEX Health. WEX will verify your adoption meets the eligibility requirements of the Plan and send you a confirmation.
  2. Follow the instructions in WEX’s confirmation email to set up an online account in their system.
  3. Complete the UC Adoption Claim Form and submit it to WEX using the instructions provided on the form.

If you have additional questions about the Adoption Assistance Plan see Frequently Asked Questions about the Adoption Assistance Plan, the Adoption Assistance Plan Policy or contact WEX Health at 844-561-1338.