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Adoption leave: Now there is the encouragement of the Federal Council

adoptive parents are about to get a lot of holidays, such as biological fathers. So, the national Council and the Federal Council wants it. Couples who adopt a child under four years of age and are working, to get 14 days of vacation to obtain free, divisible between both parents, within a year. The Federal Council supported the draft law on the parliamentary Initiative of the Ticino CVP national Council of Marco Romano. As in the case of maternity, have the money for the adoption leave is to be taken from the income replacement Fund, and the daily allowance shall be 80 percent of the salary, to a maximum of 196 Swiss francs per day.

Marco Romano, has called 2013 the "adoption of compensation" in a parliamentary Initiative. He had learned to affected families to know what to have him aware, he says. However, in Bern, you had no ear for the concerns. First of all, the initiative remained for a long time, then he was approved by the Commission, almost and years later, the same Commission again to the write-off is recommended, after the bill was already drafted. The national Council, held in the spring of 2019 at the two-week adoptive leave.

Fuelled by the public debate

And now, the surprisingly clear Statement of the Federal Council. The state government formulated its Statements in the rule, cautious and deliberative. Not this time: It was now shown, "to guarantee to all parents the same entitlement to paid holiday," said the opinion, "regardless of whether they are the biological parents or the adoptive parents of their children". The compatibility of career and family is for adoptive parents as important and challenging as it is for biological parents. Also, the draft law consideration to the concerns of business to take: "A two-week adoption leave is the same for all companies, even the smallest, financially manageable, and organizationally viable."

Thus, the Federal Council is leaning far out the window – probably fueled by the debates of the last few months. As Romano in 2013, submitted his parliamentary Initiative, was himself of paternity leave is still hardly an issue. Today, he decided, and political actors are working on a parent-time Initiative. Marco Romano is happy about the clear vote of the Federal Council. "This will, hopefully, influence the decision of the Council of States, the approach traditionally follows the Federal Council." It is unclear how the decision in the Federal Council came to be – at least one FDP member must have voted in favour of the template. The SVP rejects, CVP and SP are. Perhaps level-headed Ignazio Cassis to his former Position: He had given as the then President of the Commission for social security and health 2015 the casting vote for the template, "from solidarity among Tessinern", as Marco Romano says.

adoptions are greatly on the decline

Silvia Schenker SP-national councillor and a longstanding member of the Commission, provides for the adoption leave as a Minimum of what would be displayed. "I know a family who has adopted a child from Haiti. This was associated with a lot of effort, and the parents did not know for a very long time, when the child arrives. In this respect, Adoption is even more difficult to plan than a birth." Two weeks to be politically feasible, "actually, it should be more".

What helps make the concern is the fact that adoptions are for 40 years, declined to a low level of about 400 per year have been stabilized. Even in 1980, were adopted in Switzerland, 1583 children, 20 years later, there were still 808. Reasons for this development are likely to be more stringent international regulations and administrative requirements, but also advances in reproductive medicine, thanks to which today, more couples than in the past the desire for one's own children can meet.

Created: 30.10.2019, 21:54 PM

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