Adoptive mum petitions for equal maternity leave

Laverne Vermeulen has launched a petition calling for adoptive parents to get four months maternity leave.

FILE. Laverne Vermeulen has launched a petition calling for adoptive parents to get our months maternity leave. Picture: Stock.XCHNG

CAPE TOWN - A Cape Town mother is agitating for a change in South Africa's labour laws to give adoptive parents four months maternity leave.

Laverne Vermeulen has launched a petition so that a new parent is able to secure quality bonding time with a child.

As it stands, employers are not obliged to allow maternity leave for mothers of adopted children.

Vermeulen has called for equal treatment.

"Regardless of whether it's a gay couple, whoever is going to be the main carer of that child, should be given four months regardless of how you chose to parent."

She said there is a loophole in the current legislation.

"Currently, the National Coalition of Adoption is working on this. They are the people that we will be presenting this petition to once it's closed off. We have checked with the labour law just yesterday, to see if there are any changes, but there are none. We're still not included."