Adoption & Surrogacy Benefit

The University provides reimbursement for eligible adoption and surrogacy arrangement expenses up to a lifetime maximum of $40,000.


Eligible adoption includes:  

  • Unrelated child
  • Step-child
  • Child as result of a surrogacy arrangement

Eligible surrogacy arrangement requires the:

  • Employee or spouse/same sex civil union or domestic partner is genetically related to the child
  • Child is a legal dependent of the employee
  • Child will live in the household of the employee

The benefit limit is two children per lifetime per family, regardless if one or both parents are eligible for this benefit at Princeton University.

Eligible expenses for reimbursement are:

  • Agency and placement fees
  • Court costs and attorney fees
  • Medical expenses not otherwise covered by the medical plan
  • Temporary foster care provided before placement of the child in your home
  • Immigration costs
  • Immunizations
  • Translation fees
  • Travel expenses associated with the adoption or surrogacy, including transportation, lodging, and meals
  • Benefits eligible faculty and staff
  • Individuals coded as a "no pay" status, visiting faculty, visiting academic professionals, and visiting fellows are not eligible 
Deadlines and Application Process

Application for reimbursement must be submitted:

  1. After placement of the eligible child in the faculty or staff member’s home
  2. Within six months following the finalization of the adoption or surrogacy parenting arrangement

If approved, reimbursement will be processed through Princeton’s payroll system, and the reimbursement will be added to the employee’s paycheck as taxable income.  

The Adoption/Surrogacy Reimbursement Form is available through HR. Email the completed form with verifying documents, itemized receipts, and any other necessary documentation to the Benefits Team.

If there are any discrepancies between the information in this publication, verbal representations, and the plan documents, the plan documents always govern. Although Princeton intends to continue these benefits, the University reserves the right to amend or terminate these plans at any time.