Adoption and leave

​When you are to adopt a child, you have various rights and obligations as in the case of pregnancy. You can read more about this below.

Notice to your manager

You must notify your manager if you plan to adopt a child – if possible three months before you expect to receive the child. Copies of the adoption papers must be sent to your immediate superior.

Freedom from work before you receive the child in Denmark​​

You are entitled to take time off for up to one week before you receive the child in Denmark. It is a prerequisite that you – for the child’s sake – stay at the place where the child is before you are to receive it.

Leave to collect the child abroad

If the child lives abroad, you are entitled to four weeks off before you are to receive the child. The right to absence from work may be extended by up to four weeks if the extension is due to circumstances beyond your control.

The first 14 weeks after receipt of the child

An adopter is entitled to 14 weeks of adoption leave with pay. The other adopter is entitled to two weeks of adoption leave with pay within the first 14 weeks after receipt of the child.

Parental leave

When you wish to take parental leave in connection with adoption, you must observe the same rules with respect to notice etc. as in connection with childbirth. See the section about Pregnancy.

Right to full pay is conditional on refund of benefits

You will only be entitled to full pay if your workplace receives full refund of benefits from your local authority of residence.
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