Adopting a baby or becoming a kinship carer | CPAG

Adopting a baby or becoming a kinship carer

Date: 
25 April 2019

If you adopt a baby aged under one, or become a kinship carer of a baby aged under one, you may be able to claim a pregnancy and baby payment, even if another person has already received a pregnancy and baby payment for the same child.

Adopting a baby

If you adopt a baby aged under one, or if a baby under one is placed with you for adoption you can get a pregnancy and baby payment if you satisfy the normal rules. You can claim any time up to your baby’s first birthday. You can get the payment even if someone else has already received a pregnancy and baby payment for the same child.

Becoming a kinship carer

If you become a kinship carer for a baby aged under one you can get a pregnancy and baby payment if you satisfy the normal rules and you have a kinship care order for the baby, or you are caring for a child who is ‘looked after’ by the local authority, or the baby is included in your child benefit, child tax credit, universal credit or pension credit claim, or you are the baby’s guardian. You can claim any time up to your baby’s first birthday. You can get the payment even if someone else has already received a pregnancy and baby payment for the same child, as long as that person was not your partner when s/he applied, and the child is not living with that person when you apply.

Go back to the pregnancy and baby payment page.