Adoption, fostering and surrogacy

Becoming a foster carer, adopting a child from the UK or abroad, looking after someone else's child.


  1. Maternity pay and leave

    Your Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) and Leave - what you get, how to claim, maternity rights and extra help

  2. Paternity pay and leave

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

  3. Child adoption

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

  4. Shared Parental Leave and Pay

    You can start Shared Parental Leave (SPL) and Statutory Shared Parental Pay (ShPP) if you're eligible and you or your partner ends your maternity or adoption leave early - eligibility, entitlement, starting SPL and splitting blocks of leave

  5. Becoming a foster parent

    Foster carers look after children when their parents are not able to - becoming a foster carer, money and support available, fostering agencies, foster parents

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Guidance and regulation

  1. Special guardianship guidance
  2. Adoption support fund (ASF)
  3. Fostering services: national minimum standards
  4. Fostering services: assessment and approval of foster carers
  5. Adoption: statutory guidance
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News and communications

  1. Covid-19 adoption support fund scheme to help vulnerable families
  2. Strict new measures to protect vulnerable children in care
  3. Councils urged to prioritise adoption
  4. More funding to boost adoption support
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Research and statistics

  1. Outcomes for children looked after by LAs: 31 March 2018
  2. Evaluation of adoption support fund: LA and provider experiences
  3. Fostering in England 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019
  4. Children looked after in England including adoption: 2018 to 2019
  5. Children Adopted from Care in Northern Ireland 2018/19
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Policy papers and consultations

  1. Private fostering arrangement notifications: planned revisions
  2. Fostering better outcomes
  3. Adoption: a vision for change
  4. Regional adoption agencies programme
  5. 2010 to 2015 government policy: looked-after children and adoption
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Transparency and freedom of information releases

  1. Adoption scorecards
  2. Intercountry adoption: list of restricted countries
  3. Adoption Leadership Board quarterly data reports: 2016 to 2017
  4. Adoption Leadership Board quarterly data reports: 2015 to 2016
  5. Adoption Leadership Board quarterly data reports: 2014 to 2015
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