Am I eligible for adoption pay?

If you’re adopting a child or having a child through a surrogacy arrangement, let us know. We’ll quickly confirm whether or not we’re able to pay you adoption pay. The rules are set by the government. Broadly speaking, you must:

  • have worked for Key Portfolio continuously for at least 26 weeks by either the week you were matched with a child (UK adoptions), the week you get your ‘official notification’ (overseas adoptions) or the 15th week before the baby’s due (surrogacy);
  • earn at least £123 on average per week before tax;
  • give us at least 28 days’ notice before the date on which you want your pay to start;
  • provide proof of the adoption

You unfortunately don’t qualify if you:

  • arrange a private adoption
  • become a special guardian or kinship carer
  • adopt a family member or stepchild

If we’re not able to pay you adoption pay directly, we can still assist you with claiming through your local benefits office. Get in touch as soon as possible and we’ll let you know how we can help.


"This has really set my mind at ease as we continue the next stage of our adoption journey. Thanks so much."

Sarah Bennett, April 2016