When you adopt a child under the age of 18, you have the right to six weeks adoption leave in total. It is mandatory to take one week of adoption leave, and the 6-week period may be extended in certain cases.
The table below outlines the basics about adoption leave for:
- employees in the Belgian system; and
- self-employed parents in the Belgian system.
Any differences for employees / self-employed are indicated.
If you are unemployed, or are being indemnified after the end of your work contract, you are not entitled to adoption leave.
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