Do You Qualify for UIF Adoption Benefits?

2 parents with young child

The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) makes provision for adoptive parents. This ensures that when adoptive parents take off time from work to spend with their family, their bank income is subsidized.

Required Documentation when Applying for Adoption Benefits

Your ID book/smartcard, passport or asylum seekers permit
UI-2.4 Form (Application Form)
UI-2.7 Form
UI-2.8 Form (banking details)
Certified copy of adopted child’s birth certificate
Certified copy of adoption order

Qualifying Criteria

  • Application must be made within 6 months after the adoption order has been issued by a competent court 
  • The adopted child must be younger than 2 years old
  • Only contributors of the adopting parents can apply for benefits 
  • Benefits payable is the difference between what the employer pays and the rate prescribed in the benefits schedule of the Unemployment Insurance Act
  • Subject to credits, benefits can be paid for a maximum of 365 days

If you encounter any challengers, call the UIF on 0800 030 007 or visit their website 



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