Will I have to give up my full-time job?

Posted on: 20 June 2013

No – we all have to live in the real world and many of us have rent and mortgages to pay.  Like all parents you will need to look at the demands of your work commitments and how caring for a child will be managed on a day-to-day basis.

However, we do expect that you are able to commit some time away from work for a reasonable period to enable your child to settle with you and establish a routine in their new home.  You can discuss your Adoption Leave entitlement with your employers and think about good use of annual and unpaid leave if necessary.

Some children will require more time to settle in than others, and a flexible approach to working is always useful.  Many adopters find that they want to spend time at home with their children, and opt to alter working hours after their official adoption leave to fit in with school, for example. You can of course discuss your individual circumstances with a social worker at any time.