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Parental and Childcare Leave

Government-Paid Adoption Leave (GPAL)


What is it?

Adoptive working mothers can enjoy Government-Paid Adoption Leave. Adoptive working fathers can also enjoy paternity leave and shared parental leave.

  • Formal intent to adopt before 1 July 2017 – 4 weeks.
  • Formal intent to adopt after 1 July 2017 – 12 weeks.
    • 1st and 2nd child: Government pays for 5th to 12th week, capped at $10,000 per 4 weeks or $20,000 per child.
    • 3rd and 4th child: Government pays for all 12 weeks, capped at $10,000 per 4 weeks or $30,000 per 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.


Am I eligible?

  • The child is under 12 months old when you take your adoption leave.
  • Your formal intent to adopt is on or after 1 July 2017.
  • Either the child or parent is a Singapore citizen.
    • Your child must obtain Singapore citizenship within 6 months after the Adoption Order is passed.
  • You have worked for at least 3 continuous months before formal intent to adopt.
  • You are allowed to adopt your own biological child.
  • If you are adopting your child after your maternity leave period, you cannot take adoption leave again when you do the adoption later on.
  • If you are adopting your child during your maternity leave period, you can still use your adoption leave after taking the 16 weeks of maternity leave. The first 8 weeks of the adoption leave must be taken anytime from the date of the Formal Intent to Adopt (FIA) to the date of the Adoption Order. The remaining 4 weeks can be taken anytime up until the child’s first birthday.


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