This topic provides guidance on employees’ rights when adopting. It sets out employers’ and employees’ duties and employees’ entitlements.


The right to shared parental leave is covered in the Shared Parental Leave topic.

Adoption leave is a “day one” right. There is no qualifying period. Employees may also be entitled to up to 39 weeks’ statutory adoption pay, but for which there is a qualifying period of 26 weeks of continuous employment, ending with the week in which the couple were notified of the match by the approved adoption agency.

One of a couple having a child through a surrogacy arrangement may also be entitled to take adoption leave and receive statutory adoption pay.

Employees entitled to adoption leave may be able to convert a period of this into a period of shared parental leave and pay, subject to meeting the required eligibility and notifications requirements.

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