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Couple kiss their newborn adopted babyLifetime Adoption has some exciting news to share with our California adoptive couples! Senate Bill No. 63 was just signed into law by California governor Jerry Brown. The bill allows up to 12 weeks of leave to bond with your adopted baby for employees working at a company with 20 to 49 employees. Keep reading to learn how this will benefit you!

Senate Bill no. 63 extends some of the benefits of the FMLA (Family and Medical Leave Act) and CFRA (California Family Rights Act) to California employers with 20 to 49 employees. It requires that employers with 20 to 49 employees grant employees with more than 12 months of service and at least 1,250 hours of service with the employer during the previous 12-month period, to take up to 12 weeks of parental leave to bond with a new child within one year of the child’s adoption.

The 12 week period named in the bill is unpaid protected leave, meaning that it provides you with job protection. It also requires that your employer continue to maintain and pay for your health insurance coverage. If you’re eligible, you may use any of your accrued paid sick time, vacation pay, other accrued paid time off, or other paid or unpaid time off negotiated with the employer, during the period of parental leave.

You read the full bill text, as well as more info at leginfo.legislature.ca.gov.

Mardie Caldwell, C.O.A.P.
Written by Mardie Caldwell, C.O.A.P.

Founder of Lifetime Adoption, adoptive mom, adoption expert, and Certified Open Adoption Practitioner (C.O.A.P).

Since 1986, adoption expert Mardie Caldwell has been dedicated to bringing couples and birth parents together in order to fulfill their dreams.

“Many years ago, I was also searching for a child to adopt. We didn’t know where or how to get started. Through research, determination, and a prayer, our dream of a family became reality. I started with a plan, a notebook, assistance from a caring adoption consultant and a lot of hard work; this was my family I was building. We had a few heartaches along the way, but the pain of not having children was worse!

Within weeks we had three different birth mothers choose us. We were overwhelmed and delighted. Many unsettling events would take place before our adoption would be finalized, many months later. Little did I know that God was training and aligning me for the adoption work I now do today. It is my goal to share with our families the methods and plans which succeed and do not succeed. I believe adoption should be affordable and can be a wonderful “pregnancy” for the adoptive couple.

I have also been on both sides of infertility with the loss of seven pregnancies and then conceiving by new technology, giving birth to a healthy daughter. I have experienced first-hand the emotional pain of infertility and believe my experience allows me to serve your needs better.

It is my hope that for you, the prospective parents, your desire for a child will be fulfilled soon.”

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