To qualify for Statutory Adoption Leave, you must be an employee, give the correct notice and provide evidence you have been matched with a child. To qualify for Statutory Adoption Pay you must have worked for your employer continuously for at least 26 weeks by the week you were matched with a child. You must also earn on average at least £112 a week, (before tax) give the correct notice, provide and evidence you have been matched with a child. However, it is advisable to speak to your employer as some employers provide additional leave and pay, depending on your terms and conditions. More information can also be found at https://www.gov.uk/adoption-pay-leave/eligibility
The rules are slightly different if you’re going through the Concurrent Planning process. At present, employers do not have to provide paid adoption leave to concurrent carers whilst they are providing a fostering placement. You would however receive payment as a foster carer from the local authority during this time.
With concurrent placements, adoption leave would only take place once a decision has been reached by the Courts and not whilst you are fostering the child. If you are currently in employment it is advisable for you to consult with your employer as to whether they would allow you adoption leave from the outset. We would require one carer to be at home for the duration of the foster placement, whilst contact is ongoing with the birth family during court proceedings, and for some months beyond this if at all possible. Ideally one carer should be at home with the child for 12 months.
We can advise you furtheron this at an early stage in your enquiry.