Adoption and foster care

If you adopt or decide to foster a child, you are entitled to a maximum of four weeks of paid leave. You can take up this leave consecutively. You may also take up the leave spread over a period of twenty-six weeks. This period may start four weeks prior to you taking in the child into your family but you may also take up the leave at a later stage. You can do so up to twenty-two weeks after taking in the child into your home.

You need to request leave for adoption or foster care with your manager no later than three weeks prior to taking in the child. Upon approval, you will need to apply for an adoption or foster care allowance (Work and Care Act; Wet arbeid en zorg) with the Employee Insurance Agency (UWV) together with the UT. As the UT continues to pay your salary during your leave, the UT will be receiving this allowance.