Will a step-parent who adopts his or her partner's child qualify for statutory adoption leave?

No, a step-parent who adopts his or her partner's child will not qualify for statutory adoption leave. Statutory adoption leave is available only where a child has been newly matched with an adoptive parent by an adoption agency, placed with a parent in a "foster to adopt" situation, or where a parental order is issued in relation to a child born under a surrogacy arrangement.