Friday, October 8, 2010

TIP while you wait

Time to hold, cuddle and connect is crucial to your beginning bond and attachment once a baby is placed into your home.  Explore what adoption benefits and/or leave policies are available through your employer to optimize your time at home.  Now is the time to consider and research these questions:

* Are you eligible for 12 weeks of unpaid family leave under FMLA?
* Are you eligible for paid or unpaid family leave under state law?  How much time is available and when can you take it?
* How many vacation, personal or sick days have you accrued and are there stipulations on how they can be used?
* Can you take vacation days that you haven't accrued yet?
* Will you have to wait longer to be eligible for more annual vacation time if you take unpaid leave?