Adoption, fostering and surrogacy

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


  • Maternity pay and leave

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

  • Paternity pay and leave

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

  • Child adoption

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

  • 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

  • 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

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News and communications

  1. Minister visits projects supporting children's services in Leeds
  2. Funding boost to improve speed and quality of adoption services
  3. Staying Put grant: determination letter
  4. Multi-million fund reaches record number of adoptive families
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Research and statistics

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Policy papers and consultations

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Transparency and freedom of information releases

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