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Source: BUS Sachsen-Anhalt (Linie6PLus)

Adoptive care for a minor child


After successful placement by the responsible adoption agency and after the end of the fostering period, you can submit an application for adoption to the responsible local court - family court.

The family court will examine the application and - if the application is found to be admissible and justified - will issue a legally valid adoption order.

  • You want to adopt a child.
  • You have all the necessary documents for the local court, such as the notarized adoption application.
  • The family court will carry out the investigations required to establish the facts relevant to the decision ex officio and will examine the adoption procedure.
  • notarized adoption application
  • notarized declaration of consent of the legal representative to the adoption application for a child under 14 years of age or
  • notarized declaration of consent of the child over 14 years of age with the consent of the legal representative
  • Notarized declarations of consent from the biological parents

Documents of the adopting parents:

  • Proof of earnings, assets, debts
  • Proof of identity (identity card/passport)
  • birth certificates
  • Registration certificates
  • Health certificates/medical certificates
  • Marriage certificate/ civil partnership certificate
  • Professional statement from the adoption agency
  • Consultation/involvement of the Youth Welfare Office if it has not made any professional statements
  • Notary fees
  • Court costs

At least 3 months due to the prescribed procedure, possibly longer in more complex procedures.

Against a rejection of the adoption application: Appeal within one month in accordance with §§ 58 ff. FamFG

Contact the family court (at the local court)

If you would like to adopt a child, first contact the relevant adoption agency and go through an application procedure. Once you have passed the adoption care period, you can submit the adoption application:

  • You or your notary must submit a notarized adoption application to the responsible family court.
  • The family court examines all documents, involves the adoption agency, among others, and decides on the adoption.
  • The family court pronounces the adoption of the child by means of a decision. The adoption is effective and incontestable upon delivery of this decision. The adopted child is given the surname of the adoptive family and has the same rights as a biological child.

Senator for Justice and Constitution of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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