Applying for an adoption allowance

If you are adopting a child and you are taking adoption leave, you are entitled to receive an adoption allowance during the period of your leave. The allowance will last as long as your leave.

Last updated on 10 August 2021

Eligibility for an adoption allowance

To be eligible for an adoption allowance, you must meet certain conditions. For example, you must be working for an employer or receive unemployment benefit (WW), sickness benefit or wage-related return-to-work (WGA) benefit. Please consult the UWV website to find out about eligibility for an adoption allowance (in Dutch).

Applying for an adoption allowance

If you are working for an employer, your employer will make the application for an adoption allowance for you.

If you are receiving unemployment benefit (WW), sickness benefit or wage-related return-to-work (WGA) benefit, then you can contact the UWV to apply for an adoption allowance (in Dutch).

Laws and regulations (in Dutch)

Law on work and care, section 2

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