The father is entitled to 4 weeks of paid leave for each adoption or permanent foster care of a child under the age of 6 years. For multiple adoptions and foster care placements, the leave can be extended by 2 days for each child after the second.
- The leave can be taken in full or as a reduction in working hours upon agreement with the employer.
- To request paternity leave, you must submit the same documentation as for maternity leave.
If the adopted baby is under 9 months old, one of the parents can request breastfeeding leave enabling them to take an hour break at the start or end of the full or reduced working day to feed the baby. If stipulated in the collective agreement or agreed upon with the company, breastfeeding leave can be saved up and used as days off (equating the 15 days) to extend the parental leave.
Reduced working hours and leaves of absence
Adoptive parents can also request a reduction in working hours with a proportional reduction in salary until the child reaches the age of 12 years old. Similarly, they can request a leave of absence (3 years maximum) to look after their children.