Who is eligible? Full or part-time employees of the State (Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branches, including the Department of Lottery), the State Universities, Community Colleges, School Districts, Water Management Districts and instructional personnel employed by The Florida School for the Deaf and Blind and, charter school or the Florida Virtual School employees provided the employee is paid from regular salary appropriations (not OPS or otherwise “temporary” or casual labor).
What type of adoption? If, prior to the adoption, the child was in the permanent custody of the Florida Department of Children and Families and the final order of adoption was granted on or after July 1, 2015 (inception date of the program), the child may be eligible. Children adopted internationally, through interventions, or privately do not qualify. You may be eligible to receive $5,000 (non-special needs) or $10,000 (special needs) per child.
When? Applications are accepted during the annual open enrollment period, beginning the first business day of March and concluding on the last business day of April.
Where? Applications should be emailed to [email protected].
For more information, please review Adoption Benefits for State Employees and Other Eligible Applicants or contact the Adoption Information Center at 1-800-96-ADOPT.