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Adopting a Child?


Be sure to follow these steps to ensure your new addition to the family is well protected, and you get the support you need.

District Benefits and the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

Be sure that you understand the benefits available to you through your school district as well as your rights under the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and California law. For information regarding FMLA and other leave benefits to which you may be entitled, contact your CTA Primary Contact Staff (PCS).

Keep in mind that your District/Association negotiated health plan or health care provider most likely has rules regarding when you must enroll your adopted child in the health care plans in order to be eligible for coverage. You should also contact your CTA PCS to learn about local leave benefits.

Enrolling in CTA Voluntary Group Life and Disability Insurance Plans:

Consider whether you (and your spouse/domestic partner) have enough life, disability and accident insurance coverage – after all, there will soon be another person counting on you for financial security! Through CTA’s endorsed provider, The Standard, whenever you have a Family Status Change (birth/adoption, marriage/domestic partnership, divorce/dissolution) you have 31 days from that date to make adjustments to your Life and Disability plans with no evidence of good health required.

If you are not enrolled in the CTA Voluntary Group Disability insurance plan, or you or your spouse/domestic partner and/or child(ren) are not enrolled in the CTA Voluntary Group Life insurance plan, now might be the time to do so.

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