Can a Paid Family Leave be taken in advance of a child’s birth, adoption or placement?

Leave may be taken before the actual placement or adoption of a child if an absence from work is required to have meetings with attorneys or doctors, appear in court, travel to other country, or other relevant purposes in order for the adoption or placement to proceed. Whether the child is being adopted through a licensed agency or otherwise is not a factor in determining eligibility for leave.

Paid Family Leave may not be taken in advance by birth parents. A birth mother will use available disability benefits to cover absence related to pregnancy and following childbirth.  Once the period of medical disability has ended, she can begin a Paid Family Leave to bonding with the child.