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Apply for notarization of the declaration of readiness for adoption


If you are interested in adopting a child from abroad and a child can be proposed for adoption, you will be asked by the foreign agency to make a declaration that you are willing to adopt that child.

A certain form is prescribed for this declaration. The declaration must be "publicly notarized". This notarization can be done in a notary's office or in a youth welfare office. The notarization in the Youth Welfare Office is free of charge. There are costs for notarization in a notary's office.

If you agree to adopt the child proposed to you, you are obliged to reimburse various public benefits provided to the child. This obligation exists for a maximum of six years and ends with an adoption of the child.

There is no obligation to reimburse services provided to the child if the child is already living in your household but has not yet been adopted. In these cases, you only have to pay a cost contribution to the extent that parents would have to. The same applies to benefits that would also have to be granted if the child were already living in your household.

  • As part of the adoption procedure, the foreign placement office must have asked you to submit a declaration in accordance with § 7 (1) AdÜbAG and you must be prepared to adopt the child proposed to you.

For the notarization, the identity must be proven. You must therefore be able to identify yourself with an identity card, passport or comparable documents.

Notarial certification costs are incurred in accordance with the applicable fee schedule. The exact amount of the costs can be communicated by the notary's office before notarization.

The public certification of the declaration before the notary of a youth welfare office is free of charge.

If the foreign agency asks you to notarize your declaration, it will set you a deadline by which the notarization must take place. If you are unable to meet this deadline for compelling reasons, but wish to adopt the child proposed to you, you must contact the foreign agency for an extension of the deadline.

The necessary legal instructions and questions, which may be asked before the notarization, require a time expenditure. The time required is different in each individual case. In addition, there is a possible waiting time on site.

  • It is advisable to make an appointment for the notarization.

Contact the Youth Welfare Office.

  • If the foreign placement office has asked you to submit a declaration in accordance with § 7 Abs. 1 AdÜbAG and you are willing to adopt the child proposed to you, please contact the office where you would like to have the notarization carried out.
    It is most advantageous if an appointment is made with the body that is to take up the certificate. Before notarization, the person who takes up the document informs about the legal consequences of the notarization.
  • As a rule, the notarization can be done immediately.
  • The certificate will be sent to the foreign exchange.

The declaration of willingness to adopt a child must be publicly certified. This is possible in a notary's office and in a youth welfare office.

Senator for Social Affairs, Youth, Integration and Sport of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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