Adoption is a wonderful way to build a family. Many MSU faculty and staff have been touched by adoption. The purpose of this page is to provide some resources, contacts, and information about adoption.

If you would like to subscribe our MSU Adoption Listserv, please email the WorkLife Office at with the subject line “Adoption Listserv.” You will receive notification once you have been added, as well as instructions on how to use the Listserv. Use this email community to ask questions you might have about the adoption process, to share ideas about upcoming workshops, to discuss adoption legislation, or any other topic related to adoption.

MSU Adoption Leave & Benefit Policies:
For Faculty and Academic Staff:
Parental Leave for Faculty & Academic Staff
Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

For Support Staff:
Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
Leave of absence with pay
Leave of absence without pay

FMLA frequently asked questions:

MSU Benefits:
Adoption, Birth or Legal Guardianship: Provides information about the steps to follow in the event of a birth, adoption or legal guardianship change.
Benefit Enrollment/Changes: Information is available about what to do if you have added a dependent to your family and need to enroll them on your benefits.

Online Resources: Provides information about adoption support.
Adoption Glossary: Defines and clarifies terms used throughout the adoption process.
Adoptive Families: The how-to-adopt and adoption parenting network for domestic and international adoption.
Information on Embryonic Adoption: Explore the possibilities of embryo adoption.
Information on International and Domestic Adoption: Comparing the pros and cons of a domestic and international adoption. These pros and cons of adoption are usually based around three main areas: cost, travel, and children available for adoption.
Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE): More than 3,000 children in Michigan are waiting for permanent, loving homes to call their own each year. Learn more with MARE.
MSU School of Social Work Post Adoption Support Services (PASS): This site is designed as a resource for foster, adoptive, and kinship families in Michigan and the professionals who serve them. Adoption, fostering, and raising kin are different ways of building a family.

Second-Parent Adoption: Information is provided through the Coalition for Adoption Rights Equality, Inc. about second-parent adoption options. For same-sex couples, it is often the case that there is only one legal parent, even though two people may equally parent the child or children. A second-parent adoption allows a second parent to adopt a child without the "first parent" losing any parental rights. In this way, the child comes to have two legal parents. It also typically grants adoptive parents the same rights as biological parents in custody and visitation matters.