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Growing Your Family

Preparing to welcome a child into the family can be exciting, but it can also raise questions about the ability to juggle work and making time to integrate the new child into the family. At Northrop Grumman we want you to concentrate on the excitement without the anxiety. So, whether you plan to expand your family through childbirth or adoption, your benefits program is there to help you every step of the way.

Explore a variety of resources below that will prepare you for adding a new member to the family.

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In response to employee feedback from the 2022 Total Rewards survey, Northrop Grumman increased the amount of paid parental leave that you can take to care for a newborn or newly adopted child. Our paid parental leave policy offers employees four weeks (up to 160 hours) of paid time off within the first 12 months following the birth of a child or placement of a child for adoption.

To learn more, please log in and read the Paid Parental Leave policy

*Pro-rated for part-time employees. If you are covered by a Collective Bargaining agreement, review your CBA for information about eligibility.

Whether this is your first time welcoming a child to the family or you have done this multiple times before, it’s always a good idea to be prepared. We’ve created tools that aim to provide a guide to going on leave. Please log in to view the toolkit and checklist.

Adopting a child is a joyous occasion, but it can bring unique financial challenges. Through the Northrop Grumman Adoption Assistance Program you can be reimbursed for up to $3,500 for qualified expenses per adoption, with a $7,000 calendar-year maximum. Get complete details here, and begin the process by submitting a request form though Employee Services.

Note: Represented employees should refer to their CBA for details.

Congratulations! You have a new addition to your family. What now? See below for information on how to update your benefits to ensure your entire family is covered.

If you have a newly eligible dependent, you can make certain changes to your benefits, including adding your new child and other eligible dependents to your coverage. You have 31 days from the birth, adoption, or placement for adoption of your child to make certain benefit changes. These changes are effective from:

  • The date the child is born.
  • When legal adoption is final or the date the child is placed for legal adoption.

Please note: If you do not add your new dependent within 31 days, you will not be able to make changes until the next annual enrollment, unless you experience another life event which would permit you to make a change midyear. Review the benefits listed below to see the changes you can make. Once your dependent is added, you will receive information from Northrop Grumman asking you to verify your newly added dependent. Please ensure you respond timely so there is no lapse in coverage.

Please go to NetBenefits when you’re ready to enroll your dependent.


Changes Allowed

Medical and Dental Plans

  • Add your new dependent child to your coverage
  • Add spouse and dependents, including new child, to your medical coverage
  • Start coverage for yourself
  • Drop coverage for yourself or any eligible children if you or they become covered under your spouse's plan. Note: this may result in loss of coverage for birth. Check with the carriers before making a change.
  • Change options. Note: this may result in loss of coverage for birth. Check with the carriers before making a change


Changes Allowed

Health Care Flexible Spending Account

Start or increase contributions

Dependent Day Care Flexible Spending Account

  • Start or increase contributions
  • Stop or decrease contributions if there is a decrease in the cost of day care (e.g., one parent is now staying at home)

Note: Certain restrictions apply to availability of funds


You can change your optional life insurance and disability at any time but any new coverage may require evidence of health.  You may want to review your beneficiaries anytime your personal situation may change.

Take advantage of the Financial Wellness Checkup tool to find out your financial wellness score.

What is Financial Wellness? It’s two things:

  1. Feeling good about your financial situation and
  2. Knowing what to do next with your money. No matter where you are on the financial spectrum today, Fidelity can help you achieve financial wellness.

The Financial Wellness Check-up tool offers a score across four key categories (budgeting, debt management, savings, protection) so you know exactly where you stand financially at any given point in time and has suggested next steps to make it easy to take action towards your goals.

Want to discuss your next steps and goals with a Northrop Grumman dedicated Financial Consultant? Register for a complimentary 1:1 session today by calling the Northrop Grumman Benefits Center 800-894-4194 or scan here to register on NetBenefits.