For employees who wish to adopt, the Commonwealth of Kentucky provides financial assistance of up to $3,000 ($5,000 for children with special needs) to help cover adoption expenses. This benefit is only available to executive branch employees covered by 18A. Please contact your agency's Human Resource Administrator to find out if you are covered. See the Kentucky Administrative Regulation
How to apply
If you're interested in applying for this beneift, submit the following information to the Personnel Cabinet's adoption benefit
Adoption Reimbursement Application If both of the adoptive parents are executive branch state employees, the applications for financial assistance should be submitted jointly.
A copy of the judgment of adoption.
A copy of an Affidavit of Expenses related to the adoption files and approved by the court at the time of finalization of the adoption. Please click here for an example of an affidavit.
Proof of payment showing expenditures in the amount for which you are requesting reimbursement.
Certification by the Secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services that the adopted child is a special needs child, if reimbursement for special needs adoption is sought.
Family medical leave
State employees who adopt a child also have access to the same benefits that are offered to birth parents, including Family Medical Leave. The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) entitles you to
Twelve (12) weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave.
Having the state's share of your health and life insurance paid.
Nationally recognized program
For the sixth year in a row, Kentucky state government has been named the Best Adoption-Friendly Workplace in the government industry by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption! Read more.
Member of the military?
The Kentucky National Guard Adoption Benefit Program allows actively serving members of the Kentucky Air and Army National Guard to be reimbursed for a portion of the direct costs incurred in the adoption process. The program is administered by the Kentucky Department of Military Affairs, Division of Administrative Services, utilizing the resources of the Military Family Assistance Trust Fund. For more information contact them directly at by phone at 502.607.1738 or e-mail.
Office of Employee Relations
Employee Adoption Program