How much is the grant?
The adoption grant is a single payment to help with the costs of preparing for a new child. The grant is currently £628.53.
The grant is available if you adopt a child, and it's paid at the same rate as the Maternity Grant (which is paid to a mother on the birth of a child).
The grant is payable when an adoption order is issued in accordance with the Adoption (Jersey) Law 2002. This grant is payable to a person named in the adoption order.
Claiming the adoption grant
You (or your spouse or civil partner) can claim the adoption grant if you've been granted an adoption order and you're not already the parent or step parent of the child.
You (or your spouse / civil partner) must have paid the equivalent of three months' contributions before a set date which is calculated according to the date of the adoption order.
The following table shows these dates:
|January to March||30 September of the previous year|
|April to June||31 December of the previous year|
|July to September||31 March of the same year|
|October to December||30 of June of the same year|
Contact the Social Security Department to request a claim form, you need to complete the form and return it to the Social Security Department with the adoption order.
You must make your claim within three months of the adoption order being granted.
If your claim is based on your spouse's / civil partner's contribution record, we need to see your original marriage certificate / certificate of civil partnership (or a certified copy).
In exceptional circumstances, we may be able to provide financial assistance post adoption for a limited period of time. This will be discussed as part of the adoption assessment.