Birth and Adoption

Congratulations on adding a new member to your family! When you bring a child into your family, Case Western Reserve University offers support to help you balance your career and family life.

Paid Parental Leave

Within 12 months of the birth or adoption of a child, parents are able to receive paid parental leave in conjunction with the FMLA leave through the Family and Medical Leave Act.


As a qualifying life event, birth and adoption allow you to change your benefits without waiting for the open enrollment period. This allows you to add your child to your benefits package through Benelect and keep them under your coverage until the age of 26.

Birth or adoption must be reported within 30 days with the appropriate documentation.

Child Care Programs

Case Western Reserve offers support for your child even after the parental leave period. Find out more about the available programs.