Government-Paid Adoption Benefit (GPAB)

The GPAB scheme supports working adoptive mothers (including self-employed) who do not qualify for the Adoption Leave for Mothers (AL) scheme, due to their employment arrangements (e.g. on short-term employment contracts, or employment contracts that expired before the adoption of their child).  

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Am I Eligible?

    You must meet the following requirements:

    1. You are the child’s adoptive mother.

    2. Your Formal Intent to Adopt (FIA) date is on or after 1 Jan 2021.

    3. Your child is less than 12 months old at the point of your FIA.

    4. Your child must be adopted within 1 year from the date of your FIA (inclusive of FIA date).*

    5. Your child is a Singapore Citizen. Where the child is not a Singapore Citizen, one of the adoptive parents must be a Singapore Citizen on the date of FIA and the adopted child must obtain Singapore Citizenship within 6 months after the Adoption Order is passed (inclusive of Adoption order date).* 

    6. You have been in employment or self-employment for at least 90 days in the 12 months before your FIA date.

    7. You do not qualify for benefits under the AL scheme. 

    *The government will recover payments from you if these criteria are not met.


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    What are the benefits?

      GPAB will be equivalent to 8 weeks of Adoption Leave for Mothers (AL) for the 1st and 2nd child order, and 12 weeks for the 3rd and subsequent child order, based on the adoptive mother’s average income earned over the 12-month period preceding the FIA.


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      Important things to know

        • Formal intent to adopt is defined as:

        Child citizenship at date of birth
        ​Definition of "Formal Intent to Adopt (FIA)"
        Singapore citizen​
        ​Date when an application to adopt is submitted to the Court.

        a Singapore citizen

        ​Date when the Dependent's Pass (DP) is issued in respect of the child or the document indicating approval.

        Date of the document indicating that the application for the dependent’s pass has been approved.


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        When/How do I apply?

          Eligible parents will be able to apply from December 2021. We encourage parents who may be eligible to submit their applications only when the system is in operation, to avoid having to submit supporting documents twice. More details on the eligibility criteria and how to apply will be published closer to the date.

          Last Updated on: Monday, Mar 22, 2021 at 4:00 PM