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Adoption leave

Eligible adoptive mothers, including those who are self-employed, are currently entitled to 4 weeks of Government-funded adoption leave to bond with and care for their adopted infants. 


As the mother of an adopted child, you are entitled to Government-Paid Adoption Leave (GPAL) if you meet the following criteria:

  • Your adopted child is below the age of 12 months at the point of your formal intent to adopt. The “formal intent to adopt” happens:
    • For a local child: when you file the court application to adopt.
    • For a foreign child: when in-principle approval is granted for a Dependant's Pass.
  • The adopted child is a Singapore citizen.
  • If the child is a foreigner:
    • One of the adoptive parents must be a Singapore citizen.
    • The child must become a Singapore citizen within 6 months of the adoption.
  • You must be lawfully married at the point of formal intent to adopt. (Not applicable for unwed adoptive mothers whose formal intent to adopt is on or after 1 Jan 2017.)
  • You must have served your employer or been self-employed for a continuous period of at least 3 months immediately before your formal intent to adopt.
  • The adoption order must be passed within 1 year from the formal intent to adopt.


You are entitled to 4 weeks of Government-Paid Adoption Leave, capped at $10,000. Your employer will be reimbursed for the amount.

You can start your adoption leave from your formal intent to adopt.

You must consume your adoption leave before the child's first birthday.

How to apply or claim

For instructions on applying for leave or claiming reimbursement, you can use any of the following:

Changes in 2017

From 1 July 2017, for adoptive mothers who adopt a child below 12 months old, adoption leave will be extended to 12 weeks. More details will be released closer to 1 July 2017. More information can be found at

Find out more

To find out more about pro-family leave measures, you can:

Last Updated: 3 January 2017