Gain access to the adoption file.

As an adopted person, you can inspect the files on the mediation of your adoption yourself from your 16th birthday if the interests of other affected persons, especially the biological parents, do not preclude and outweigh an insight.

If you would like to receive information about your origin, you must contact the adoption agency that arranged the adoption.

The specialists let you view the files and are available to support you and answer your questions.

Inspection of files is not possible if there are overriding personal interests of the persons involved.

In individual cases, the adoption agency may endeavour to find an appropriate individual solution for the biological parents and siblings from the family of origin. Members of the family of origin do not have the right to inspect the file.

A printout from the birth record of the civil register kept by the registry office can be

  • the (adoptive) parents,
  • the (adoptive) grandparents,
  • the adopted person (if he or she is older than 16 years), and
  • if applicable, the person who legally represents the adopted child (unless these are the (adoptive) parents,

apply for.

The printout can be requested on site, in writing, by fax or if the municipality in question offers it online

A long file retention period for files on adoptions was only introduced at the beginning of 2002. If the adoption was a long time ago, there may therefore no longer be any mediation files.

For adoptions carried out before 1977, no adoption agency was involved. At that time, the adoption was still carried out by a notarial contract, which was confirmed by the district court. A request to the court involved may be able to continue.

The birth register / civil status register is kept at the registry office responsible for the place of birth of a person.

Since personal data becomes known on the occasion of a file inspection and also through an excerpt from the civil status register, proof of one's own identity by presenting a valid identity card (identity card, passport or similar) will usually be required.

None

Preconditions

If you would like to view the mediation files:

They are

  • have been adopted and are at least 16 years old, or
  • Parents and have adopted their child and have custody of their child

If you would like to receive the information or documents from the registry office:

Documents from the civil register at the registry office can be requested:

  • the parents who adopted their child,
  • their parents,
  • the legal representation of the child and
  • the child, who is at least 16 years old, himself.

After the death of the child, information from the civil status register may also be obtained:

  • other persons to whom the register entry refers (i.e. the biological parents), and
  • their spouses, life partners, ancestors and descendants.

Other persons have a right of access if they credibly demonstrate a legal interest.

Related Links

  • § 1758 Civil Code (BGB)
  • § 9b Adoption Placement Act (AdVermiG)
  • § 62 Civil Status Act (PStG)
  • § 63 Civil Status Act (PStG)

The adoption agency that carried out your placement will give you and your parents with custody access to the files on the mediation of your adoption, as far as this is possible in individual cases.

The specialists will inform you about your origin and life situation, provided that they have information about it and that there are no interests of other people.

Before visiting the adoption agency, a telephone inquiry and appointment is recommended.

Responsible for the content
Lower Saxony Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Gender Equality

Last update or date of publication
02.07.2021