Paid Family Leave - Foster Care and Adoptive Parents

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Have you recently adopted or taken in a new foster child?

Start here to learn about your Paid Family Leave (PFL) options!

Are You Eligible?

To be eligible for California PFL benefits, you must:

  • Have welcomed a new child into the family in the past 12 months either through a partner’s pregnancy, adoption, or foster care placement.
  • Have paid into State Disability Insurance (noted as “CASDI” on paystubs) in the past 5 to 18 months.
  • Not have taken the maximum 8 weeks of PFL in the past 12 months.
    Fun fact: You can break up your eight weeks of leave. You don’t have to take it all at once!

Citizenship and immigration status do not affect eligibility.

If you’re still not sure, read more about Eligibility Requirements to find out if you qualify for PFL.

San Francisco workers: Your employer may be required to provide supplemental compensation to you if you are receiving PFL benefits for bonding with a new child through birth, adoption, or foster care placement. For more information, visit the City and County of San Francisco, Office of Labor Standards Enforcement Paid Parental Leave Ordinance (PPLO).

Calculate Your Benefit Amount

Try the new tool to estimate your benefit amount!

File a Claim

If you think you’re eligible for PFL, the next step is to file a claim.