Adoption

Understand your rights to leave and pay on the adoption of a child.

  • Best Start Grant

    Best Start Grant has now replaced the Sure Start Maternity grant in Scotland. To be eligible, you need to live in Scotland and be in receipt of certain benefits or be under 18. The Best Start grant is more generous than the Sure Start Maternity grant and consists of 3 payments. 1. Pregnancy and Baby […]

  • Statutory Adoption Pay

    Find out about the rules relating to Adoption Pay

  • Adoption Leave: Redundancy, Detriment, Dismissal and Remedies

    What happens if I am made redundant while on adoption leave? What happens if I am not offered a suitable vacancy after being made redundant whilst on adoption leave? What happens if I suffer a detriment as a result of taking or wanting to take adoption leave? What happens if I am dismissed because I […]

  • Rights for Surrogate Parents

    Your rights to time off as a surrogate parent

  • FAQs – working during Maternity, Adoption or Shared Parental Leave

    Can I work while on Maternity/Adoption/Shared parental leave? Yes and No! If you receive Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP), Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP) or Maternity Allowance (MA) then you can work up to 10 Keeping in Touch (KIT) days for your employer. If you receive Shared Parental Pay (ShPP) you can work up to 20 Shared Parental […]

  • Adoption Leave

    Who can take adoption leave? Have you recently been matched with a child? Find out the rules on adoption leave.

  • Sample letter of notice for adoption leave and pay to an employer

    Are you wanting to give your employer notice to take adoption leave and claim statutory adoption pay? If so you may find our sample letter useful.

  • Paternity leave & pay for adoption

    Ordinary paternity leave can cover one or two weeks soon after the adoption of a child. Ordinary Statutory Paternity Pay is paid for one or two weeks.