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Statutory Adoption Pay - How do I claim Statutory Adoption Pay?

If you adopt a child you may qualify for Statutory Adoption Pay during your adoption leave from work.

How do I claim Statutory Adoption Pay?

You must tell your employer that you want to take adoption leave no more than seven days after you have been notified that you have been matched with a child for adoption, or as soon as is practical after this.

You must give your employer at least 28 days notice of when you want to start getting Statutory Adoption Pay.

You must tell your employer the date on which you expect the child to be placed with you and the date on which you want your statutory adoption leave (and therefore your Statutory Adoption Pay) to start.

What documents will I need to claim Statutory Adoption Pay?

You must give your employer evidence of the adoption. This will usually be the 'matching certificate' that you get from the adoption agency.

When will my Statutory Adoption Pay claim begin?

You can choose when to start getting your Statutory Adoption Pay. It can start from the date of the child's placement or up to 14 days before the expected date of the placement.

Change of circumstances

You must report changes in your circumstances which might affect your entitlement to this benefit.


Reviewed: June 2022

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