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Adopton Leave

Employees who adopt a child may be entitled to take 52 weeks’ adoption leave, made up of 26 weeks’ Ordinary Adoption Leave and 26’ weeks Additional Adoption Leave. You should tell your employer within seven days of being told that you have been matched with a child. If this is not possible, you must do so as soon as possible.

Adoption leave and pay are available to:

  • individuals who adopt
  • one member of a couple where a couple adopt jointly (the couple chooses which partner takes adoption leave).
  • from April 2012 the rate of statutory adoption pay is £135.45 per week
  • Statutory adoption pay is payable to eligible employees for 39 weeks

To qualify for adoption leave, an employee must:

  • be newly matched with a child for adoption by an adoption agency
  • have worked continuously for you for 26 weeks ending at the time they are notified of being matched with a child for adoption

You must give your employer documentary proof to show that you have the right to paid Statutory Adoption Leave. This is usually a matching certificate from your adoption agency.

Paid annual leave will continue to accrue during adoption leave. Up to ten keeping in touch days can be worked, and there is no provision for these days to be paid. Statutory Adoption Pay may be paid or this may be off set against any contractual pay agreed.

You will not qualify for Statutory Adoption Leave or Pay if you:

  • arrange a private adoption
  • become a special guardian
  • adopt a stepchild
  • have a child through surrogacy

Different rules apply if you are adopting a child from overseas.  Contact us here if you need further information on adoption leave.

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