University announces enhanced, inclusive adoption, fertility and surrogacy benefits

Vanderbilt University announced that, effective July 1, university adoption, fertility and surrogacy benefit programs will be enhanced to better support all eligible employees.

Changes include:

  • Increasing the reimbursement limit associated with an adoption or surrogacy from $3,000 to $5,000.
  • Removing the requirement that infertility must be demonstrated to qualify for Advanced Reproductive Therapy (ART).
  • Updating eligibility to a maximum of two benefits per employee/family.* (e.g., one adoption and one surrogacy; two adoptions; or two surrogacies.)

“Enhancing these program benefits supports all of our staff and faculty who are building their families and makes the benefits more proactively inclusive for same-sex spouses,” said Barb Carroll, associate vice chancellor and chief human resources officer. “We are committed to inclusivity as a pillar of the university, which includes thousands of faculty and staff who make Vanderbilt a special place to work and learn.”

For more information, please visit the Adoption and Surrogacy Assistance Policy page or email

*Each employee/family may receive a maximum of two benefits. If both spouses are eligible VU employees, the maximum is two benefits per family.