Pay and leave, adopting through your council, inter-agency fees, placement, inspection forms.


  • The adoption process - eligibility, assessment, adoption agencies, adoption court orders, overseas adoptions and the rights of birth parents.

  • Your Statutory Adoption Pay and Leave - what you get, how to claim and eligibility

  • Legal rights for intended parents and surrogates; how legal parenthood is transferred; children born outside the UK; pay and leave rights

  • Apply to adopt a child through your local council if you are 21 or over and can offer a stable home to a child

  • Work out your Statutory Adoption Leave dates - Ordinary and Additional Adoption Leave period, notice period and earliest start date

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