Adoption Leave and Foster Care Leave
The employee with an adopted child or foster child is entitled to a maximum of six weeks of adoption leave or foster care leave.
Adoption leave or foster care leave may be taken consecutively or, if the employer agrees, non-consecutively. If the leave is not taken consecutively, the leave must be taken within a period of 26 weeks, from four weeks before the actual adoption until 22 weeks afterwards. The employer may not refuse an employee’s request to take adoption or foster care leave.
During the leave, the employee is entitled to benefits from the UWV. The benefits amount to 100% of the employee’s salary, with a maximum of 100% of the maximum daily wage1. The UWV usually pays the benefits to the employer, while the employer continues to pay the wages (in full) to the employee. The accrual of holidays during the adoption and foster care leave continues.
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- The maximum daily wage is annually determined by the government. For the up-to-date statutory maximum daily wage, please refer to: https://www.uwv.nl/particulieren/bedragen/detail/maximumdagloon.