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.
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.
Find out about other payments and services to help you with adopting a child.
Read more news for families.
Page last updated: 5 May 2021
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