Which employees are entitled to statutory adoption leave?

The right to statutory adoption leave is available to employees who have been notified by an approved adoption agency that they (alone or jointly) have been matched with a child for adoption. Adoption leave is also available to eligible employees who are adopting a child from overseas and who have received official notification from the relevant UK authority that they have been assessed and approved as being suitable adoptive parents.

Adoption leave and pay is also available to employees who have a child placed with them in a "foster to adopt" situation and to employees who become the legal parents of a child as a result of a parental order where the child is born under a surrogacy arrangement.

The right to adoption leave is available to one member only of a couple. It is up to the adoptive parents to decide which of them takes the adoption leave. The partner of an individual who adopts, or the other member of a couple who are adopting jointly, may be entitled to a period of paid paternity leave. A couple who adopt a child may also be entitled to shared parental leave of up to 50 weeks, to be shared between them during the first year of the adoption, if they meet the eligibility requirements.

There is no requirement for a minimum period of qualifying service; adoption leave is a "day one right".