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I'm an adoptive parent. What are my leave entitlements?
As an adoptive parent, your leave entitlements are:
- 52 weeks’ adoption leave, 50 of which can be shared with your partner as long as you meet the eligibility requirements for Shared Parental Leave. Not all your adoption leave will be paid;
- 18 weeks' parental leave, to be used at any time up to their 18th birthday; and
- dependants’ leave, where appropriate; and
- your partner may also qualify for paternity leave and parental leave.
Prospective adopters also have the right to paid time off for up to five adoption appointments. Joint adopters can choose one person – the 'primary adopter' – to take paid time off for up to five appointments. The other prospective parent will qualify for unpaid time off for up to two appointments. This right is available to employees and also to agency workers after 12 weeks doing the same job for the same hirer.