Can you work and adopt a child?
Could you adopt Isabella?
We are looking for a new family for Isabella. Could you be her new family? Why not find out more?
Most agencies try to look flexibly at the issue of adoptive parents who intend to continue to work. Currently nearly all working adopters are allowed under the law a right to paid parental leave from their employers. New adoption leave and pay entitlement, as well as paternity adoption leave measures have come into force. Please Visit the Government web site for further details.
The younger the adopted child the more likely it will be that the agency will expect you to take your (paid) adoption leave entitlement of 39 weeks and your additional adoption leave for a further 13 weeks. They may even prefer applicants that intend to reduce their working hours after that. If you are a couple this expectation may be met by both of you deciding to reduce your working hours.
With adopters of older children there may not be any expectation that you will reduce your working hours although most will want you to take your (paid) adoption leave entitlement. The agency will still look at how you would intend to cope with unforeseen demands such as the inevitable bouts of childhood illness that will occur after you have taken any adoption leave entitlement.
An issue that is becoming increasingly important in reaching any decision about your ability to meet the needs of a child is just how flexible your employer is likely to be after the statutory adoption leave period.
Since April employment law has changed. Parents of children under 6 and disabled children under 18 now have the legal right to get their employer to consider flexible ways of working. Find out more.
Even if you work from home the agency will want to look at how you would intend to meet the needs of the child and the requirements of your working day.
Most agencies recognise that parents have to balance the many demands that are made of them from their families, employers, etc. They recognise that prospective adopters should not be disadvantaged because they choose to have a career as well as a family. At the end of the day it is about your ability to meet the many demands made of you and at the same time meet the needs of the adopted child.