Government-Paid Adoption Leave (GPAL): How to apply

Updated: 03 May 2017
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Adoptive mothers, including self-employed, are entitled to Government-Paid Adoption Leave (GPAL) to care for their adopted children aged 12 months and below.

Benefits at a glance

For adoptive mothers whose formal intent to adopt is before 1 Jul 2017
  • Working adoptive mothers are eligible for 4 weeks of Adoption Leave to be taken within 12 months from the child's birth.
  • By default, Adoption Leave is to be taken in a single continuous period (i.e. block leave) starting from the point of formal intent to adopt. If the employer agrees, Adoption Leave can be taken flexibly by days, subject to mutual agreement between you and your employer.
  • The Government pays for all the 4 weeks of your Adoption Leave, capped at $10,000 (inclusive of CPF contributions) for each childbirth.
For adoptive mothers whose formal intent to adopt is on or after 1 Jul 2017
  • Working adoptive mothers are eligible for 12 weeks of Adoption Leave to be taken within 12 months from the child's birth.
  • By default, Adoption Leave is to be taken in a single continuous period (i.e. block leave) starting from the point of formal intent to adopt. If the employer agrees, the first 8 weeks can be taken as continuous block, starting anytime between the (i) date of formal intent to adopt and the (ii) date when the Adoption Order is granted. The remaining 4 weeks can be taken flexibly by days.
  • For each of your first 2 children, the Government pays for the 5th – 12th week of your Adoption Leave, capped at $10,000 per 4 weeks (inclusive of CPF contributions) or a total of $20,000 for each child.
  • For each of your 3rd and subsequent children, the Government pays for 12 weeks of your adoption leave, capped at $10,000 per 4 weeks (inclusive of CPF contributions) or a total of $30,000 for each child.

Tips


Citizenship of child at point of birth Definition of "Formal Intent to Adopt"
The child is a Singapore Citizen From the date an application to adopt is made to the Court.
The child is not a Singapore Citizen From the date the Dependant's Pass (DP) is issued in respect of the child (including the document indicating approval).
  • Self-employed mothers who meet the eligibility criteria below are eligible for GPAL.
  • You cannot use your adoption leave to offset the notice period when you leave your job.
  • Adoptive mothers whose formal intent to adopt is on or after 1 Jul 2017 can share up to 4 weeks of their Adoption Leave with their husbands who jointly adopt the child under the Shared Parental Leave Scheme. This applies only to mothers who are legally married to the children’s fathers.

Are you eligible?

You must meet the following requirements to qualify for GPAL:

  1. You are the child's adoptive mother;
  2. Your adoptive child is below 12 months of age at the point of your leave consumption;
  3. You are/have been lawfully married* at the point of your formal intent to adopt;
  4. If your adoptive child is not a Singapore Citizen, either you or your spouse (who is a joint applicant to the adoption) must be one; and
  5. If you are an employee: You must have served your employer for a continuous period of at least 3 months immediately preceding the point of your formal intent to adopt; or

    If you are self-employed: You must be engaged in your business, trade or profession for a continuous period of at least 3 months immediately preceding the point of your formal intent to adopt.
* Not applicable for adoptive mothers whose formal intent to adopt is on or after 1 Jan 2017

Terms and Conditions

The Government will recover reimbursements from you if the following terms and conditions are not met:

  • The Adoption Order is granted within one year from the point of formal intent to adopt; and
  • Your adopted child (if not a Singapore Citizen) obtains Singapore Citizenship within 6 months after the Adoption Order is passed.

How to apply: If you are an employee

  1. Give your employer early notice of your leave arrangement. This allows your employer time to verify your eligibility and make alternative work arrangements.
  2. Submit a declaration form (Form GPAL1) to your employer with all the necessary supporting documents. Your employer may use its own declaration form/system for you to declare your eligibility.
  3. Apply for Adoption Leave in accordance with your company's leave application procedures.

How to claim: If you are self-employed

The payment is capped at $10,000 for the 4 weeks and is calculated based on your Notice of Assessment from the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS).

  1. Record and keep a personal log of your GPAL dates.
  2. Submit a hardcopy of the completed application form (Form GPAL3) with the following documents within 3 months from the last day of your adoption leave:
    • A copy of the adoption petition to the Family Court (for Singapore Citizen SC child);
    • A copy of Dependent's Pass (DP) or the document evidencing the approval of DP (for non-Singapore Citizen SC child);
    • A copy of the latest Notice of Assessment from the IRAS;

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  3. Note: Late claims will be denied.
  4. Processing time:
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How to claim: If you are the employer

  1. Obtain the declaration form (Form GPAL1) and supporting documents from your employee at the point of her GPAL application. You may also use your own form / system to capture the employee's declaration. Click here for the information you would need to capture in the declaration.
  2. Submit a hardcopy of the completed application form claim form (Form GPAL2) together with the following documents within 3 months from the last day of your employee's adoption leave:
    • A copy of the adoption petition to the Family Court (for SC child);
    • A copy of the Dependant's Pass (DP) or the document evidencing the approval of DP (for non-SC child);

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  3. Note: Late claims will be denied.
  4. Processing time:

    Please refer to the GPL Portal

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