Adoption & Fostering


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Adoption
Adoption Leave
Statutory Adoption Pay
Housing entitlements
Help accessing essential therapies through the Adoption Support Fund
Fostering
An insight into Army families and fostering
Links and further information

 

Adoption

The MOD recognises that there are a number of Service personnel and their families who are both willing and well suited to adopting a child or children and that there are many children who are waiting to be adopted. Read more

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Adoption Leave

The Armed Forces’ Occupational Adoption Leave Scheme (AFOALS) aims to provide support for serving personnel who are newly adopting children and is comparable to maternity leave arrangements. Adoption Leave under the AFOALS scheme is available to qualifying Service personnel who have been notified of being matched with a child and who are not taking Paternity Leave (Adoption) under the terms specified in Chapter 22 of JSP 760. Read more

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Statutory Adoption Pay

Service personnel are entitled to receive Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP) if they meet the qualifying criteria. SAP is a weekly payment that is usually paid for a maximum of 39 weeks commencing from the date that ordinary adoption leave (OAL starts) until the end of the 13th week of additional adoption leave (AAL).

The amount of SAP received depends on your soldier’s rate of pay. More information on SAP can be found in JSP 760 Chapter 21 available on the Defence intranet. Or your soldier can speak to their regimental admin office (RAO).

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Housing entitlements

You will be entitled to occupy Service Families Accommodation (SFA) from the date of the adoption being approved in recognition of the need to establish a home before any child is placed with the adoptive parent(s).

It is usually a requirement that the adoptive child has their own bedroom in the home unless they are sharing with a sibling and this should be taken into account when SFA is applied for and will also link to your soldier’s PStatCat status.

JSP 464 Chapter 3, 0310 details this entitlement.

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Help accessing essential therapies through the Adoption Support Fund

The Adoption Support Fund is to be rolled out nationwide from May 2015 and will help to pay for essential therapy services for adoptive families as and when they need it. The government will fully fund this initiative for the first year. Read more

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Fostering

Fostering can be either a short term or a longer term arrangement where a child taken into care is placed with a foster family on a temporary basis. Fostered children are not legally dependent children and this can cause difficulties for Service personnel and their families when considering fostering, particularly with entitlement to SFA. Read more

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An insight into Army families and fostering

If you’re considering fostering, read an Army family’s experience on the National Fostering Agency website. To find out more about fostering whilst in the Army, contact the NFA on 0845 200 4040, or email info@nfa.co.ukRead more

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