Adoptive mothers (including self-employed) can take 4 weeks of paid adoption leave to care for and bond with their infants. The leaves will be funded by the government. This government funded adoption leave is capped at S$10,000 for 4 weeks which will include your CPF contributions.
2016 New Updates –
Starting from July 1, 2017, adoptive mothers adopting children younger than 12 months can take 12 weeks of government paid adoption leave.
Who is eligible to take leaves under the Government-Paid Adoption Leave Scheme?
If you are adopting a child, you will be eligible to take paid leave under the GPAL scheme if you satisfy the following eligibility criteria:
- You adopt a child younger than 12 months at the time of “formal intent to adopt”. Formal intent to adopt means filing the adoption petition with the Family Court for Singapore citizen children OR issuing a document which is an application that the Dependant’s Pass has been approved for the adopted child who is not a Singapore citizen.
- Your adopted child should be a Singapore citizen.
- If your adopted child is NOT a Singapore citizen, then one of the parents of adopted child should be a Singapore citizen and the child must obtain citizenship within 6 months after adoption.
- You must be legally married to the father of the adopted child during the time of “formal intent to adopt”.
- You must have worked for your employer or be self-employed for a minimum of 3 months continuously before the time of “formal intent to adopt”.
- The Adoption Order for your adoption should be passed within a period of 1 year from the time of “formal intent to adopt”.
Taking leave under the Government-Paid Adoption Leave Scheme
You will receive a maximum of S$10,000 of paid adoption leave which will include your CPF contributions. You can apply for GPAL through in the following ways:
- By default or without a mutual agreement with your employer – You can take all 4 weeks of GPAL continuously within 12 months upon your child’s birth.
- If you and your employer mutually agree on your leave schedule – You can split your 4 weeks of leave over a period of 12 months upon your child’s birth.
Receiving Payout under the Government-Paid Adoption Leave Scheme
- Children adopted before July 1, 2017 – All 4 weeks of leave under GPAL will be funded by the government.
- Children adopted after July 1, 2017:
- 1st and 2nd adopted children – The first 4 weeks will be paid by the employer and the last 8 weeks by the government.
- 3rd adopted child onwards – All 12 weeks of leave under GPAL will be funded by the government.
If you met all the eligibility criteria during the point of applying for GPAL but your adoption has not been successful even after receiving an In-Principle Approval for your Depentant’s Pass, a GPAL reimbursement claim is to be made though the Government-Paid Leave Portal within 3 months from when you ended your adoption leave.
If your Adoption Order does not get passed within a year from receiving your In-Principle Approval for your Depentant’s Pass, the government will then recover the payment made to you under the GPAL scheme in the form of civil debt.
Applying for leave the Government-Paid Adoption Leave Scheme
If you are an employee, you can apply for GPAL through the following way:
- Notify your employer in advance so they can make necessary work arrangements.
- Fill up the declaration form, “Form GPAL1” and submit it to your employer along with the required supporting documents. These documents will also help your employer verify your eligibility for GPAL.
- Upon complying with the leave application procedures of your company, you can then apply for approval of your adoption leave.
If you are self-employed, you can apply for GPAL through the following way:
- You will have to submit your Income Tax NOA (Notice of Assessment) obtained from the IRAS for computing your payout for your GPAL period.
- You will have to personally maintain a record containing your GPAL dates.
- You will have to complete the form, “Form GPAL3” and submit it on the Pro-Family website with the following documents within a period of 3 months from when you end your adoption leave:
- If you do not have a standing payment instruction with Pro-Family Leave, you will have to submit a DCA form (Direct Credit Authorization) with endorsement from your bank.
- You will have to submit the relevant adoption papers depending on whether the adopted child is a Singapore citizen or a foreigner.
- Your latest Income Tax NOA.
Adopting a child can be stressful in itself so the government has introduced the Adoption Leave Scheme so adoptive mothers can care for their children by giving them undivided and focussed attention irrespective of the mother being an employee or a self-employed and the child being a Singapore citizen or a foreigner.