Adoption Leave Bill Clears House Committee

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A bill is heading to the full House allowing female school employees 30 days off when adopting a child.

The Department of Children and Family Services testified in favor of the bill noting a record 771 children were adopted in Louisiana last year.

The bill only allows leave for women, not men.  Baton Rouge Representative Rick Edmonds says he wrote the bill by mirroring the language of the state's maternity leave statute.

When asked about single fathers who adopt, an answer was not given.

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