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Apply for notarisation of the declaration of prepared for adoption


If you are interested in adopting a child from abroad and a child may be proposed to you for adoption, you will be asked by the international agency to make a statement that you are ready to adopt that child.

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

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

For services provided for the child, if the child already lives in your household but has not yet been adopted, there is no obligation to reimburse. In these cases, you only have to pay a fee 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.

If the adoption of a child from abroad is possible, the adoption applicants are asked by the international placement office to declare that they are prepared to adopt this child when it enters Germany. This declaration must be notarized.

  • If the international agency has asked you to make a declaration in accordance with § 7 (1) AdÜbAG and you are prepared to adopt the child proposed to you, please contact the body where you would like to have the notarisation carried out.
    It is best if an appointment is made with the body that is to record the certificate. Before notarization, the person who receives the deed informs about the legal consequences of the notarization.
  • The notarization can usually be done immediately.
  • The certificate will be sent to the international agency.

Contact the Youth Welfare Office.

  • As part of the adoption procedure, the international placement agency must have asked you to make 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. They must therefore be able to identify themselves with an identity card, passport or comparable documents.

For the notarization costs arise in accordance with the respectively valid fee schedule. The exact amount of the costs can be communicated by the notary's office before a notarization.

The public notarization of the declaration before the documented person of a youth welfare office is free of charge.

If the international agency asks you to notarizing your declaration, it sets you a deadline by which the notarization must be made. If you are unable to meet this deadline for compelling reasons, but if you want to adopt the child proposed to you, you must contact the international agency for an extension of the deadline.

The necessary legal teachings 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 recommended to make an appointment for the notarization.


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

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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

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