Adoption of a child in Germany, domestic adoption Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

The Adoption Office Bremen advises mothers and fathers who wish to adopt a child from a foreign country, a relative or a stepparent. The Adoption Office checks the suitability of applicants and arranges the placement of children with new parents. The aptitude test is carried out through participation in a seminar, submission of documents, interviews and home visits. Only after a positive examination will these be recognized as adoption applicants. The team of the adoption office determines which adoptive parents are chosen for a child. The welfare of the child always comes first. A placement is made when the development of a parent-child relationship can be expected.


Whoever wants to adopt a child must have unlimited legal capacity. Married couples can only adopt jointly. In principle, adoptive parents must meet the following requirements:

  • A minimum age of 25 years - for married couples: one spouse must be at least 25 years old, the other at least 21 years old.
  • A secure income or sufficient financial security must be proven.
  • The professional circumstances must allow sufficient time for bringing up children.
  • Health must be proven by a health certificate. A certificate from the family doctor is sufficient. A leaflet for presentation to the doctor can be obtained from the adoption office.
  • Exemption from punishment must be confirmed by a police clearance certificate. Here an extended certificate of good conduct is required. You can obtain a certificate for submission to the city office from the adoption office.
  • The partnership should have lived in the same household for at least four years.
  • The adoptive parents must respect the religion of the child or the desire for religious education of the natural parents.
  • No parallel medical procedures to overcome one's own childlessness may be pursued.

The common adoption is treated preferentially. For single applicants an adoption is only considered if:

  • a related child is adopted.
  • a significant relationship with the child already exists.
  • the adoption preserves the familiar living environment.
  • it is ensured that the child grows up in stable social conditions.


You have no legal claim to the placement of a child.

  • §§ 186 ff. Familienverfahrensgesetz (FamFG)
  • §§ 1741 - 1766 Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch (BGB)

The willingness to take in an adopted child is subjected to a detailed examination through intensive counselling. This includes participation in a topic-related seminar, discussions and home visits. In addition, an application form must be filled out and a life description must be prepared, which takes a closer look at previous stages of life as well as family relationships and other emotional ties.

Once the adoptive parents have been selected, they will receive all the information about the child and will be able to get to know him/her. Within this mediation process the parents can reconsider their decision for or against the child.

The adoption foster care period begins with the admission of the child into the parents' household. It ends with the adoption decision by the family court. After completion of the adoption procedure before the family court, the adoption is automatically recorded in the birth register. The child then receives the legal status of a natural child and the legal relationship with the natural family expires.

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