You may get Parental Leave Pay if you’re adopting a child

5 May 2021

You may get it if you’re the primary carer of a newly adopted child. Or, if you’re in the process of adopting a child.

To be eligible for Parental Leave Pay, for an adopted child, all the following have to happen:

  • the child was placed in your care by an authorised party
  • their placement was for the purpose of adoption
  • their placement with you happened before they turned 16.

You also need to meet the other requirements, including an income test, a work test and residency rules.

If you’re eligible, you can get Parental Leave Pay for up to 18 weeks, which is 90 payable days.

You can claim up to 3 months before your child is expected to be placed in your care.

You also need to claim within 1 year of the date they were placed in your care.

If you have a partner, they may also get Dad and Partner Pay.

Next steps

Find out about other payments and services to help you with adopting a child.

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Page last updated: 5 May 2021