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University announces enhanced, inclusive adoption, fertility and surrogacy benefits

Jun. 24, 2019, 3:10 PM

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.