Birth, Adoption & Foster Care Leaves


  • The birth of a child and to bond with the newborn child within one year of birth.
  • The placement with the employee of a child for adoption or foster care and to bond with the newly placed child within one year of placement.



More Information

  • Employees eligible for FMLA benefits may take up to 12 work weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) in a rolling 12-month period for medical and family related reasons.
  • Employees not eligible for FMLA benefits will:
    • Need supervisory approval before being placed on leave; exceptions may apply for medical related conditions
    • Need to submit the online leave request for birth of child leave or adoption/foster care

  • Eligible employees may use UAB's Paid Parental Leave
  • Depending on eligibility, a leave of absence may be paid or unpaid. Employee must use accrued benefit time before moving to unpaid status for medical leave. 
  • Leave may be taken as continuous or intermittent/reduced schedule.
  • Leaves related to a medical condition will be approved only for the length of time your health care provider certifies.
  • FMLA leave for the birth or placement of a child for adoption or foster care expires 12 months from the birth or placement.
  • Click here for FMLA Definitions.
  • UAB Paid Parental Leave Eligibility & FAQs

LOA NextSteps
Leave of Absence Process for Medical Conditions
When requesting leave online, employees should select the medical leave that matches their medical condition (even if the employee is not eligible for FMLA). Employees taking leave for a serious health condition will be required to obtain a return to work form from their health care provider prior to returning to work.