Adoption Leave: How does adoption leave and pay work in the Netherlands?

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Wioleta MIodowska
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Employees who have adopted a child or have taken in a foster child are entitled to adoption leave. The leave applies to both parents. This article describes everything you need to know about adoption leave in the Netherlands.

Duration of adoption leave

Employees who have adopted a child or have taken in a foster child are entitled to 6 weeks of adoption or foster leave.

When can I start my adoption leave?

Employees must take leave within 26 weeks from the arrival of the child. Adoption leave can start 4 weeks before the arrival of the child at the earliest and 18 weeks after the arrival of the child at the latest.


How adoption pay works in the Netherlands

Adoption or foster care benefit is paid by the Employee Insurance Agency (UWV).
Employees must apply to the UWV for the adoption or foster leave at least 3 weeks in advance. You can find more information here: adoption or foster care allowance.


Disclaimer: Please be advised that the information provided is for general guidance only and should not be considered legal advice. Clients are strongly encouraged to contact the Lifecycle - Time & Attendance team for expert guidance and assistance in navigating the intricate landscape of time off requirements in the Netherlands. Consulting with our team is imperative to ensure compliance with local employment standards legislation and clearly understand the stipulated time off and attendance related requirements. Your proactive engagement with the Time & Attendance team is vital to making informed decisions and adhering to all relevant regulations.

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