When will my Statutory Adoption Pay start?

If you are eligible for Statutory Adoption Pay, you can choose when it will start. You can choose between:

  • the date the child is placed with you for adoption, or if you are at work on that day, the following day; or
  • a pre-determined date that you have chosen and which falls no more than 14 days before the child’s placement with you is expected to take place, and which starts no later than the date that the child is placed with you.
Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.