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. 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

  4. Child adoption

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

  5. Foster carers

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

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Guidance and regulation

  1. Adoption support fund (ASF)
  2. Special guardianship guidance
  3. Fostering services: national minimum standards
  4. Fostering services: assessment and approval of foster carers
  5. Young person’s guide to the Children and Families Act 2014
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News and communications

  1. Plans to help children in foster care experience loving and stable homes
  2. Minister visits projects supporting children's services in Leeds
  3. Funding boost to improve speed and quality of adoption services
  4. Staying Put grant: determination letter
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Research and statistics

  1. Regional adoption agencies evaluation: scoping report
  2. LA and school expenditure: 2016 to 2017 financial year
  3. Children Adopted from Care in Northern Ireland 2017/18
  4. Foster care in England
  5. Social care questionnaires 2017: what children and young people told Ofsted
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Policy papers and consultations

  1. Private fostering arrangement notifications: planned revisions
  2. Fostering better outcomes
  3. Regional adoption agency (RAA) scorecards
  4. Adoption: a vision for change
  5. Regional adoption agencies programme
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Transparency and freedom of information releases

  1. Intercountry adoption: list of restricted countries
  2. Adoption scorecards
  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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