As an adoptive parent, your leave entitlements are:
- 52 weeks’ adoption leave, 50 of which you can share with your partner as long as you both 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
- unpaid dependants’ leave, where appropriate.
Your partner may also qualify for ordinary paternity leave and unpaid 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.