Adoption of a foreign child Decision to convert a weak to a strong adoption Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

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

Upon request, the Family Court can convert a so-called weak adoption into a so-called strong adoption.

  • notarised 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
  • Legalisation by the German diplomatic mission abroad.

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Preconditions

You have adopted a child abroad.

The court shall pronounce adoption with a strong effect if:

  • this serves the best interests of the child,
  • have given the necessary consent to an acceptance with an effect terminating the parent's relationship, and
  • predominant interests of the husband, wife or children of the acceptor or adoptive child do not conflict

Related Links

  • Section 97 et seq. Act on Proceedings in Family Matters and voluntary jurisdiction (FamFG)
  • Section 3 Adoption Effect Act (AdWirkG)
  • Section 5 Adoption Effect Act (AdWirkG)

You must submit a notarised application for conversion to the competent district court. The court examines the application and also involves the local youth office and the central adoption office of the Land Youth Office during the proceedings.

The court shall pronounce adoption with a strong effect if:

  • this serves the best interests of the child,
  • have given the necessary consent to an acceptance with an effect terminating the parent's relationship, and
  • the overriding interests of the husband, wife or children of the acceptor or adoptive child.

Your adopted child then has all the rights and duties of a biological child. In addition, if it is not yet 18 years of age at the time of the application, it will be granted German nationality if you or your husband or wife are German nationals.

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Last update or date of publication
10.11.2020