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Paid Adoption Leave for Mothers

To support adoptive parents in caring for their adopted child, adoptive mothers who adopt an infant (younger than 1 year old) are eligible for Adoption Leave. In addition, adoptive fathers are eligible for Paternity Leave and Shared Parental Leave.

For adoptive mothers whose 'formal intent to adopt' is on or after 1 July 2017:

You are eligible for 12 weeks of paid Adoption Leave to be taken within 12 months from the child's birth (inclusive of date of birth).

The first four weeks of Adoption Leave will be paid for by the employer (for the 1st and 2nd children), and the last 8 weeks by the Government. For the 3rd and subsequent children, all 12 weeks of leave will be funded by the Government. Government-Paid Adoption Leave is capped at $10,000 per 4 weeks, inclusive of CPF contributions


Funding for Adoption Leave for Mothers

By default, the 12 weeks of paid Adoption Leave must be taken in one continuous block, starting at any date between (i) the 'formal intent to adopt'. and the (ii) date the adoption order is granted (both dates inclusive). If there is mutual agreement between the employer and the employee, the last 4 weeks of Adoption Leave can be taken flexibly over a period of 12 months from the child's birth.

For adoptive mothers whose 'formal intent to adopt' is before 1 July 2017

You are eligible for 4 weeks of Government-Paid Adoption Leave, to be taken within 12 months from the child's birth (inclusive of date of birth).

By default, the 4 weeks of paid Adoption Leave must be taken continuously as a block, starting from the point of 'formal intent to adopt'- However, if there is mutual agreement between the employer and the employee, the 4 weeks of paid Adoption Leave can be taken flexibly over a period of 12 months from the child's birth (inclusive of date of birth). Government-Paid Adoption Leave is capped at $10,000 per 4 weeks, inclusive of CPF contributions.

Points to note about Adoption Leave for Mothers

Adoptive mothers are eligible for Government-Paid Adoption Leave if you meet all the following criteria*:

  1. Your adopted child is younger than 12 months of age;
  2. Your adopted child is a Singapore Citizen, or in cases where the adopted child is not a Singapore Citizen, at least 1 of the adoptive parents must be a Singapore Citizen;
  3. You have served your employer – or, if you are self-employed, have been engaged in a particular business, trade or profession – for a continuous period of at least 3 months preceding the point of your 'formal intent to adopt';
    • ['Formal intent to adopt' is the submission of the application to the Court to start the legal adoption process (for a Singapore Citizen child);
      OR
    • The issuance of a document stating that the application for the Dependant's Pass for the adopted child has been approved by the Ministry of Social and Family Development, or the Dependant's Pass itself (for a child who is not a Singapore Citizen).]
    AND
  4. The Adoption Order is granted within 1 year from the point of 'formal intent to adopt' (inclusive of the date of formal intent to adopt), and the adopted child obtains Singapore Citizenship within 6 months after the Adoption Order is passed.

*For adoptive mothers whose formal intent to adopt is before 1 Jan 2017, she also has to be lawfully married at the point of her formal intent to adopt.


  • 1. Why does the enhanced Adoption Leave for Mothers only start on 1 July 2017?

    The enhancement to Adoption Leave for Mothers required changes to legislation, as well as significant system enhancements to ensure all the claims would be reimbursed accurately. These had required time. Employers would also have needed time to make adjustments to their infrastructure and HR processes. We announced the enhancement earlier to give employers time to adjust.

  • 2. When can I start taking Adoption Leave?

    Working adoptive mothers have to first reach a mutual agreement with their employers on the start and end date of their adoption leave. They can officially begin to consume their leave from any date between (i) the 'formal intent to adopt', and (ii) the date the adoption order is granted (both dates inclusive). The 'formal intent to adopt' is defined based on the following:

    1) For a Singapore Citizen child: The submission of the application to the Court to start the legal adoption process;

    OR

    2) For a child who is not a Singapore Citizen: The issuance of a document stating that the application for the Dependant's Pass for the adopted child has been approved by the Ministry of Social and Family Development, or the Dependant's Pass itself.
    Your eligibility for Government-paid Adoption Leave will be subject to the passing of the Adoption Order within 1 year from the formal intent to adopt, and the child obtaining Singapore Citizenship within 6 months after the Adoption Order is granted.

  • 3. As a self-employed woman, am I entitled to adoption leave?

    Yes, you are eligible for adoption leave if you meet all the eligibility criteria. To submit a claim for Government reimbursement for any income lost by reason of cessation of active engagement in your business, trade or profession, you can go to the website www.profamilyleave.gov.sg to download the claim form, and send the completed original form by post to: GPAL Scheme, Agency Projects Department, Central Provident Fund Board, 79 Robinson Road, CPF Building, Singapore 068897.

Last Updated : 12 Dec 2017