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Sick Leave for Adoption

U.S. Office of Personnel Management

An employee may use sick leave for purposes related to the adoption of a child. The agency may advance up to 30 days of sick leave for adoption-related purposes.

Examples may include but are not limited to:

  1. Appointments with adoption agencies, social workers, and attorneys
  2. Court proceedings;
  3. Required travel;
  4. Any periods of time the adoptive parents are ordered or required by the adoption agency or by the court to take time off from work to care for the adopted child; and
  5. Any other activities necessary to allow the adoption to proceed.

Adoptive parents who voluntarily choose to be absent from work to bond with or care for an adopted child may not use sick leave for this purpose. Parents may use annual leave or leave without pay for these purposes. An agency may request administratively acceptable evidence for absences related to adoption.

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