Am I entitled to any time off to organise our planned adoption? And what about time off for my partner?

There are statutory rights to time off to prepare for adoption – both paid and unpaid.

These rights are available to both employees and temporary agency workers (after 12 weeks working on the same assignment for the same hirer).

A single adopter can take paid time off for up to five adoption appointments. Joint adopters can choose one person – called the 'primary adopter' – to take paid time off for up to five appointments. The 'secondary adopter' can take unpaid time off for up to two appointments.

The right to time off is only available once an adoption agency has confirmed that a child is expected to be placed for adoption. The maximum time off for each appointment is six and a half hours.

No extra time off is allowed when you are adopting more than one child within the same arrangement.

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.

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