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Adoption Leave for Mothers (AL)

Adoptive working mothers (including self-employed) can enjoy adoption leave benefits under the AL scheme. This will help provide sufficient time to care for and bond with the child. Adoptive working fathers can enjoy paternity leave and shared parental leave.



What are the benefits?



    If the formal intent to adopt is before 1 July 2017:


    • Your adoption leave must be taken in one continuous block (including weekends and public holidays) starting from your formal intent to adopt. You can take adoption leave flexibly, if there is mutual agreement between your employer and yourself.  

    • The Government pays for all 4 weeks of your adoption leave, capped at $10,000 for each child.

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    If the formal intent to adopt is on/after 1 July 2017:

    • Your adoption leave must be taken in one continuous block (including weekends and public holidays) starting from your formal intent to adopt. However, if there is mutual agreement between your employer and yourself, you can take adoption leave according to the following:

      • The first 8 weeks of adoption leave must be taken in one continuous block (including weekends and public holidays) starting anytime between your formal intent to adopt and the date when the Adoption Order is granted.

      • The remaining 4 weeks can be taken flexibly.

    • For each of your first 2 children, the Government pays for the 5th - 12th week of your adoption leave, capped at $10,000 per 4 weeks or $20,000 for each child.

    • For each of your 3rd and subsequent children, the Government pays for all 12 weeks of your adoption leave, capped at $10,000 per 4 weeks or $30,000 for each child.

    • You can share up to 4 weeks of your adoption leave with your husband, who is also the adoptive father of your child, under the Shared Parental Leave (SPL) Scheme.

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    Important things to know

    • Formal intent to adopt is defined based on the following:
    ​Child citizenship at date of birth
    ​Definition of "Formal Intent to Adopt"
    Singapore citizen​ ​Date when an application to adopt is made to the Court.
    Not a Singapore citizen
    ​Date when the Dependent's Pass (DP) is issued in respect of the child or the document indicating approval.

    • All adoption leave must be taken within 12 months from your child's date of birth (inclusive of date of birth).

    • You cannot use your adoption leave to offset the notice period when you leave your job.

    • The Government will recover reimbursements from you if:

      • The Adoption Order is not granted within 1 year from your formal intent to adopt (inclusive of formal intent to adopt).

      • Your adopted child (if not a Singapore citizen) does not obtain Singapore citizenship within 6 months after the Adoption Order is passed.


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    Am I eligible?

      You must meet the following requirements:

      1. You are the
      child's adoptive mother.

      2. Your adoptive child is
      less than 12 months old when you take your adoption leave.

      3
      . You are/have been lawfully married* at the point of your formal intent to adopt.

      *Not applicable for adoptive mothers whose formal intent to adopt is on or after 1 Jan 2017.

      4
      . If your adoptive child is not a Singapore citizen, either you or your husband who is adopting with you must be a Singapore citizen. Your adopted child must obtain Singapore citizenship within 6 months after the Adoption Order is passed.

      5. 
      If you are an employee: You must have served your employer for a continuous period of at least 3 months immediately before the date of your formal intent to adopt.

      Or

      If you are self-employed: You must have engaged in your business, trade or profession for a continuous period of at least 3 months immediately before the date of your formal intent to adopt.

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      How do I apply?


        If you are an employee:


        Step 1. Give your employer early notice of your leave arrangement. This allows your employer time to verify your eligibility and make alternative work arrangements.

        Step 2. 
        Submit declaration form (AL1) to your employer with all necessary supporting documents. Your employer may use its own declaration form or system for you to declare your eligibility.

        S
        tep 3. Apply for adoption leave according to your company's leave application procedures.


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        If you are self-employed:


        The Government will reimburse you the days when you were on adoption leave. This is calculated based on your Notice of Assessment from the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS). 

        Step
        1. Record and keep a personal log of your adoption leave dates.


        Step 2. Submit your claim online via the 
        GPL Portal no later than 3 months after the last date of your adoption leave taken.

        Tip

        If you do not have a standing payment instruction with us, please log in to GPL Portal and maintain your profile. 

        Read our FAQs and watch the online demonstration for details.

        Step 3. Log in to GPL Portal to check your application status. A notification will be sent to you once your application is processed

        Please refer to our service standards for the processing time.

        Tip

        If you do not have a standing payment instruction with us, please log in to GPL Portal and maintain your profile. 

        Read our FAQs and watch the online demonstration for details.


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        What should I do as an employer?


          Step 1. Obtain the declaration form (AL1) and supporting documents from your employee at the point of her adoption leave application. You can also use your own form or system to capture your employee's declaration. Click here for the information you would need in the declaration. 

          Step 2. Submit your employee's claims online via the GPL Portal no later than 3 months after the last date of your employee's adoption leave taken.

          Tip

          If you do not have a standing payment instruction with us, please log in to GPL Portal and maintain your profile. 

          Read our FAQs and watch the online demonstration for details.

          Step 3. Log in to GPL Portal to check your application status. A notification will be sent to you and your employee once your application is processed.


          Please refer to our service standards for the processing time.

          Tip

          If you do not have a standing payment instruction with us, please log in to GPL Portal and maintain your profile. 

          Read our FAQs and watch the online demonstration for details.


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          When must I submit the claim?

            Claims can only be made after the leave is taken. All claims must be submitted no later than 3 months after the last date of adoption leave taken.

            Important!

            Please submit your claims on time. All late claims will not be considered!

            ​Other Useful Links

            Government-Paid Leave (GPL) Schemes Calculator
            The calculator allows you to estimate the reimbursement you might receive upon successful application.










            Last Updated on: Tuesday, Jul 25, 2017 at 11:02 AM