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Adoption or Foster Care Leave

Applying for Family and Medical Leave for Adoption

The Process

Applying for Family and Medical Leave for Adoption: The Process (PDF)

The Forms

These leaves are applied for and approved in the Human Resources Leaves Office, 6400 Uptown Blvd. NE, Suite 210 East.

All paperwork must be original.  No third party faxes.

APS Leaves of Absence

To be eligible for this APS extended leave of absence, an employee must have worked for APS a minimum of one contract year just prior to the leave start date.

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) will be granted to employees who:

  • have worked for APS for at least twelve (12) months and
  • who have worked at least 1250 hours in the previous 12 months
  • FMLA is limited to 12 weeks of unpaid leave per rolling calendar year

Intermittent Leave of Absence

  • Intermittent leave will be addressed according to FMLA Regulations
  • APS does not support intermittent leave or reduced schedule for Adoption or Foster Care

For more information regarding FMLA, see the following:

Time off for bonding with a child who has recently joined the household by adoption or foster care placement shall be charged to sick leave for up to 30 days provided there is available sick time to cover the 30 days.  A maximum of 30 days of available paid sick leave shall be permitted.  Use of compensatory time is not allowed. 

Available absence balances will be used in this order:

  1. Sick leave
  2. Personal days
  3. Annual leave