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Paid Family Leave - Foster Care and Adoptive Parents

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Adoption and Foster Care

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

Start here to learn about your Paid Family Leave options!

Are You Eligible?

To be eligible for California PFL benefits, you must:

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

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

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.