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Adoptive leave


The purpose of the Adoptive Leave Acts, 1995-2005 is to provide protective leave from employment for the adopting couple or a parent who is adopting alone. While on leave, these employees are protected from unfair dismissal.


  • Adoptive leave is an entitlement available to all qualified adopters who are adopting a child.  
  • An adopting employee is also entitled to paid time off to attend preparation classes and pre-adoption meetings with social workers.

  • Employers are under no obligation to pay employees on adoptive leave, though a state benefit paid by the Department of Social Welfare may be available to some employees.