Federal law (FMLA) and California state law (CFRA) entitle adoptive parents to take 12 week of unpaid parenting leave, just like biological parents. These laws apply only to employers who have 50 or more workers.
Additionally, California employees are entitled to 55% of their salary for six weeks of leave to bond with a foster child or an adoptive child. This financial benefit is called income replacement.
“Paid Family Leave” (income replacement) is available to a foster or adoptive parent if:
The law does not guarantee job protection. However, many workers qualify for 12 weeks of job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the California Family Rights Act (CFRA). PFL should be taken concurrently with FMLA and/or CFRA to guarantee job protection.
How do I apply for PFL?