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What to do if you're

Adopting a child

Congratulations! Here’s everything you need to know about taking time off work, enrolling your new child in benefits, and resources UC offers to help you take care of the newest member of your family.


Talk to your department head or manager and your local HR representative about taking time off to bond with your child.

UC has several options for taking a leave of absence, paid or unpaid. Your HR representative can tell you about all the alternatives.

Faculty: see family-friendly policies in the academic personnel policy for information about leave provisions.

Non-represented staff: UC’s baby-bonding leave provision allows parents who have been employed by UC for at least 12 months to use up to 30 accrued sick days for bonding with your new child. You can also use vacation days, PTO (if applicable) and/or CTO.


Make sure you have benefits coverage during your leave.

Talk to your local HR representative to ensure your benefits continue while you’re on leave.


After your child comes home: Update your benefits.

Enroll your child. You have 31 days to add your child to your benefits. The 31-day period starts the day you take physical custody of your child or the day you have the legal right to control your child's health care, whichever is later. If you use UCPath to manage your benefits, you can make changes through your online account. If you use At Your Service Online, talk to your local benefits office. 

You also may enroll in the Health and/or Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA). If you’re already enrolled in an FSA, you can increase your contributions. If you're enrolled in the UC Health Savings Plan, you may start, change or increase your HSA contributions at any time. UC's contribution is determined at the beginning of each year and will not be adjusted mid-year when adding a family member changes your coverage level to a family coverage.

Update your beneficiaries. This is a good time to review your beneficiary designations for your benefits, too. You can update beneficiaries for the UC Retirement Plan (including Pension Choice), life insurance and AD&D by signing in to your account on AYS Online. Update your Savings Choice, 403(b), 457(b) and DC Plan beneficiaries by signing in to your account on myUCretirement.com. If you're enrolled in the UC Health Savings Plan, update your HSA beneficiary with HealthEquity. Call them at 1-866-212-4729 for assistance.

Set up payroll deductions for college savings. You can arrange for payroll deductions for contributions to ScholarShare, California’s college savings plan.


When you return to work: Re-enroll in benefits.

Within 31 days of your return to work, you'll need to restart benefits you chose not to continue during your leave. If your leave was less than 120 days, you may re-enroll yourself (and your eligible family members) in the same plans, with the same coverage levels as before. After a longer leave, you may enroll in any UC-sponsored plans for which you're eligible.


Find childcare

Most UC faculty and staff have free access to Bright Horizons Care Advantage and its Sittercity database of childcare resources. Whether you need full-time care or back-up care in an emergency, you may be able to find the person you need using Sittercity. UC gives you free access; then you find the caregiver and make arrangements for care and payment.

Your campus may have onsite childcare or information on local childcare resources.