Adoption Leave and Benefits

Full-time employees eligible for benefits, who have been actively working for one full year, are eligible for nine (9) weeks of paid adoption leave and up to $3,000 in adoption benefits per adoption. In Pennsylvania, this is a taxable benefit. This time will not be counted towards the employee's allotted 16 weeks of family and medical leave.

The employee should make a formal request in writing to the supervisor when the adoption is expected. The employee should notify the supervisor about the first date of leave. The supervisor should then notify the Human Resources Office. Additionally, the supervisor should notify the Human Resources Office when the employee returns from the adoption leave.

To add the adopted child to the health insurance, the child must be "supported by the Subscriber or the Subscriber's spouse pursuant to a valid court order or a child for whom the Subscriber or the Subscriber's spouse is a legal guardian". The insurance company requires documentation, that has been filed through the court system, be submitted with the enrollment form.