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PREMIER PERK: Adop­tion Re­im­burse­ment

The health­care com­pany pays back up to $10,000 per child un­der 18 for adop­tion. El­i­gi­ble ex­penses in­clude fees for agen­cies, place­ment and home-study, le­gal, tem­po­rary foster care, trans­porta­tion, im­mi­gra­tion and trans­la­tion. Em­ploy­ees re­ceive up to 80 hours’ paid time off for adop­tion needs, which need not be used all at once.

One Mom’s Story Af­ter years of in­fer­til­ity treat­ments, it be­came clear to se­nior pro­gram man­ager Jackie Wo­lak and her hus­band, Dave, that “adop­tion was God’s plan for us.” They were matched with their first son, Evan, now 4, fol­low­ing a “long and oner­ous” process. Their sec­ond son, Cameron, al­most 2, was born two years later at 33 weeks, spend­ing three weeks in the hos­pi­tal, par­tially be­cause of res­pi­ra­tory distress. “Our goal was to be with him for as many day­time hours as we could. The adop­tion leave al­lowed us to do that,” she says. Sup­port from her co-work­ers, fam­ily and friends, plus fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance also helped. “Us­ing leave in­ter­mit­tently al­lowed our fam­ily to grad­u­ally ad­just to new day­care plans,” she says.

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