Circular 2/97 Adoptive Leave, Circular 9/01 Extension of Maternity and Adoptive Leave (as amended by the Adoptive Leave Order 2004), Circular 30/06 Adoptive Leave Act deal with Adoptive Leave. At present, twenty four consecutive weeks of paid Adoptive Leave is allowed to adopting mothers and to sole male adopters. Adoptive Leave may be followed by up to sixteen consecutive weeks of unpaid additional adoptive leave.
Officers appointed on or after 6 April 1995 when absent on adoptive leave, are required to make the necessary claims for adoptive benefit to the Department of Social and Family Affairs within the required time limits and to comply with whatever requirements are laid down by that Department as a condition of claiming benefit. Full details of the Department of Social and Family Affairs requirements and conditions for making claims are made available at the time of appointment (Circular 6/95 Revised social insurance status and conditions of service of certain civil servants).
Please consult the Personnel Section regarding time off to attend certain pre-adoption classes and meetings, or possible flexitime adjustments in the context of arranging foreign adoptions.
The period of paid adoptive leave counts as service in all respects. The period of unpaid additional adoptive leave counts as service for promotion, increment, and public holidays but not for remuneration and superannuation purposes.
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