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There are 38 services for Adoption and foster care

Adoption and foster care

Sometimes a child’s biological parents are not in a position to look after the child. Children in this situation can be cared for by other families on a permanent or temporary basis. How does adoption work and who can provide advice if you would like to foster a child?

Services:

Accompanying children in their search for the family of origin

Are you adopted and looking for your family of origin? Then you can get advice from the local youth welfare office or the adoption agency. Members of the family of origin also receive support in the search for the whereabouts of an adopted child.

Adopt a foreign child

You want to adopt a child? The adoption center will advise you and accompany you through the next steps. Here you can learn more about the process.

Adopt a related child

You want to adopt a related child? The adoption center advises and accompanies you through the next steps. Here you can learn more about the process.

Adopt a stepchild

You want to adopt your stepchild? The adoption center advises and accompanies you through the next steps. Here you can learn more about the process.

Adoptive care for a minor child

Adoption as a child (adoption) is pronounced by the family court at the request of the adopting party.

Apply as a foster parent, aptitude test

You would like to take in a foster child? Then you must first qualify as a foster parent.

Apply for aftercare after full-time foster care ends for foster children

When full-time foster care ends, the foster child can still be accompanied as a young adult.

Apply for assumption of accident insurance as a foster parent

The benefits in full-time care also include the reimbursement of proven reasonable expenses for contributions to accident insurance, if no statutory accident insurance is provided.

Apply for co-payments and/or co-payments of health care assistance for foster child/ren

If a foster child's health insurance coverage is not sufficient for necessary measures, the youth welfare office may be able to cover necessary co-payments or personal contributions. As a rule, however, such costs are already covered by the monthly lump sums.

Apply for monthly foster child support benefits

In the case of full-time care benefits, the necessary maintenance of the minor and young adult is ensured by ongoing benefits. The necessary maintenance includes the costs for material expenses and for care and education.

Apply for notarization of the declaration of readiness for adoption

If the adoption of a child from abroad is possible, the adoption applicants are asked by the foreign agency to declare that they are willing to adopt this child when he or she enters Germany. This declaration must be notarized.

Apply for subsidy for old-age insurance as a foster parent/caregiver

Caregivers can receive a subsidy for their pension plan

Apply for voluntary health insurance contributions for foster child/ren

If family insurance is not possible for a foster child and there is also no compulsory insurance, the youth welfare office can pay reasonable contributions for voluntary health insurance.

Applying for the adoption of an adult

If you wish to adopt an adult, you and the person to be accepted can apply to the family court.

Applying for the conversion of the adoption of a foreign child

A so-called weak adoption of a child carried out abroad can be converted into a so-called strong adoption by decision of the family court.

Check suitability as adoptive parents for domestic adoption

You would like to adopt a child from within Germany? Then you must first qualify as adoptive parents.

Check suitability as adoptive parents for intercountry adoption (country-specific)

You would like to adopt a child from abroad? Then you must qualify as an adoptive parent in addition to the general examination for the respective country.

Check suitability as adoptive parents for intercountry adoption (general)

You would like to adopt a child from abroad? Then you must first qualify as adoptive parents.

Continuation of placement / assistance for young adults as foster children, accompaniment

If it is important for their development, young adults can also receive help with upbringing after their 18th birthday and be placed in full-time care.

General full-time care for foster children, accompaniment

Are you a caregiver of a child in full-time care? Then you will receive professional support and advice from the foster child service.

Get support in enforcing a child's permanent placement with caregivers

The foster child service can support foster parents if a child is to live permanently in the foster family because conditions in the family of origin do not improve in the long term.

Giving the father's consent to the adoption of a child

If you want to give your child up for adoption and are not married to the mother, you can refrain from applying for parental authority after the birth of the child.

One-time benefits when a foster child is admitted

When a foster child is admitted, one-time lump-sum allowances are approved and transferred with the first foster care payment.

Pay fees when adopting abroad

What are the fees involved in adopting a child from abroad?

Provide declaration of readiness of adoptive parents in case of adoption of a child from abroad

Are you being served by the Adoption Center and want to adopt a specific child from abroad? Then you may be asked to submit a "declaration of readiness". The declaration of readiness states that you want to adopt the proposed child.

Replacing a parent's consent to adoption

If you want to give your child up for adoption, the biological parents and the child must consent. In exceptional cases, the family court may replace a parent's consent to the adoption. The responsible youth welfare office must advise and instruct on the procedure.

Request a certificate of sole custody

Do you have sole custody of your child and need a certificate (negative certificate)? Find out more here.

Request extension of the certificate of international mediation procedure

The certificate of a mediated international adoption procedure can be extended for 1 year upon request.

Request information from the custody register

Do you need information from the custody register? Find out more here.

Requesting access to the adoption file

As an adopted person, you can inspect the files relating to the placement of your adoption yourself from your 16th birthday. Unless the interests of other parties concerned - such as those of your biological parents - conflict with or outweigh this right of access.

Reverse adoption by children over 14.

Children over the age of 14 can revoke their adoption if the adoption has not yet been decided by a court. This revocation must be publicly certified.

Revoke consent to adoption by children over the age of 14

If an adoption (including a stepchild adoption) has been consented to for or through a child, this consent may be revoked by the child if he or she is 14 years of age or older. A revocation must be publicly notarized.

Special education full-time care for foster children

Children and adolescents in sonpedagogical full-time care have special needs. This requires close and intensive counseling of those involved in the foster care relationship. The child care service supports and accompanies foster carers and children with comprehensive services.

Support and advice for foster families for older children and adolescents apply

Older children and adolescents in full-time care have special needs. This requires close and intensive counseling of those involved in the foster care relationship. The child care service supports and accompanies foster carers and children with comprehensive services.

Temporary full-time care for foster children, accompaniment

Are you a foster carer of a child in full-time care? Then you will receive professional support and advice from the foster child service.

Therapeutic full-time care for foster children

Children and adolescents in curative full-time care have special needs. This requires close and intensive counseling of those involved in the foster care relationship. The child care service supports and accompanies foster carers and children with comprehensive services.

Whereabouts of a child with a caregiver

You are a caregiver and the biological parents want to take the child back with them? Then you can apply to the family court for the child to stay with you.