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Adopt a related child


In a relative adoption, a related child, such as a niece, nephew or grandchild, is adopted.
In contrast to full adoption, only the child's relationship to both natural parents is terminated, but not that to his or her other relatives.

Whether the adopting parents are suitable and the best interests of the child can be guaranteed must be examined just as carefully as in the case of adoption by a third party.

The best interests of the child always come first. A parent-child relationship must be created by the adoption.

In the case of relationships up to the third degree, in contrast to full adoption, only the relationship of the child to both natural parents is terminated, but not that to its other relatives.

The prerequisite is the establishment of a parent-child relationship and the consent of the natural parents. If the child is 14 years or older, he or she must also give his or her consent.

Otherwise, the same requirements apply as for the adoption of another child.

  • Copies of transcripts from the birth register
  • Copy of marriage certificate
  • If applicable, copies of death certificates or divorce decree of former spouses
  • Copies of birth records of legitimate, illegitimate and adopted children
  • BZR extract
  • Health certificates
  • Extended registration certificate
  • Copies of income certificates
  • Photos (if possible no passport photos)

Youth Welfare Office

  • The adoption agency advises all parties involved
  • The application is filed with the family court
  • The need for adoption and suitability are examined
  • The family court decides on the adoption

Senator for Social Affairs, Youth, Integration and Sports

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