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Source: BUS Sachsen-Anhalt (Linie6PLus)

Applying for the conversion of the adoption of a foreign child

Description

Upon request, the family court can convert a so-called weak adoption into a so-called strong adoption.

You must submit a notarized application for conversion to the competent local court. The court examines the application and also involves the locally competent youth welfare office and the central adoption office of the state youth welfare office during the proceedings.

The court pronounces the adoption with strong effect if:

  • this serves the best interests of the child,
  • the necessary consents to an acceptance with an effect terminating the parent-child relationship have been granted, and
  • overriding interests of the husband, wife or children of the adoptee or adopted child.

Your adopted child then has all the rights and obligations of a biological child. In addition, if they are not yet 18 years old at the time of the application, they will receive German citizenship if you or your husband or wife are German citizens.

Contact the family court.

You have adopted a child abroad.

The court pronounces the adoption with strong effect if:

  • this serves the best interests of the child,
  • the necessary consents to an acceptance with an effect terminating the parent-child relationship have been granted, and
  • do not conflict with the overriding interests of the husband, wife or children of the adoptee or adopted child
  • Notarized application for conversion of adoption
  • foreign adoption certificate.

Note: In most cases, foreign documents with over-certification are necessary:

  • by the competent foreign authority (apostille) or
  • Legalization by the German mission abroad.
  • Notary fees
  • Legal expenses
  • the respective amount depends on the individual case

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

The rejection of the application can be challenged with the complaint within one month in accordance with §§ 58 ff. FamFG.

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

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