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Adoption leave letter

Use this letter to notify your employer that you are adopting a child from within the UK or overseas and to provide them with the information legally required before taking adoption leave. Adoption includes a child adopted from a surrogate mother where a couple have applied, or will apply, for a parental order. It will also include foster children adopted under the 'Fostering for Adoption' scheme run by local authorities. It is important that you make this notification in writing, even if you have verbally notified your employer. Please note that this document can only be used by employees and not workers or the self-employed who are not entitled to adoption leave. It should not be used if you are becoming a legal guardian, adopting a stepchild, adopting a child through a private adoption agreement or not using a legally recognised adoption agency.
Compatible region(s): England & Wales Northern Ireland

Adoption leave letter

Use this letter to notify your employer that you are adopting a child from within the UK or overseas and to provide them with the information legally required before taking adoption leave. Adoption includes a child adopted from a surrogate mother where a couple have applied, or will apply, for a parental order. It will also include foster children adopted under the 'Fostering for Adoption' scheme run by local authorities. It is important that you make this notification in writing, even if you have verbally notified your employer. Please note that this document can only be used by employees and not workers or the self-employed who are not entitled to adoption leave. It should not be used if you are becoming a legal guardian, adopting a stepchild, adopting a child through a private adoption agreement or not using a legally recognised adoption agency.

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