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Adoption Benefit

Supporting our team members who wish to adopt, we provide assistance up to $3,000 and more. Those who wish to adopt a child have access to the same benefits offered to birth parents, including twelve weeks of family and medical leave.

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How to apply

Submit the following to the Personnel Cabinet

Adoption Reimbursement Application 

Adoption Reimbursement Notification Letter submit this to your cabinet secretary, and to your human resources and payroll coordinators.

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.

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.

If both of the adoptive parents are executive branch state employees, the applications for financial assistance should be submitted jointly.



Family medical leave​​​

Employees who wish to adopt a child 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 fifth 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.

​Contact Us​​

Office of Employee Relations
Employee Adoption Program