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

Acceptance as a child (adoption) is pronounced by the Family Court at the request of the acceptor.

After successful mediation by the responsible adoption agency and after the end of the care period, you can submit an application for adoption to the competent district court - Family Court.

The Family Court examines the application and, if the application proves to be admissible and well founded, validly pronounces adoption in the decision-making procedure.

  • notarised adoption application
  • notarised declaration of consent of the legal representative on the application for adoption of a child under 14 years of origin or
  • notarised declaration of consent of the 14-year-old child with the consent of the legal representative
  • notarised declarations of consent of the biological parents

Documents of the acceptors:

  • Evidence of earnings, assets, debts
  • Proof of identity (identity card/passport)
  • Birth certificates
  • Registration certificates
  • Health certificates/medical certificates
  • Marriage certificate/life partnership certificate
  • Professional statement of the adoption agency
  • Hearing/participation of the Youth Office if it has not made any technical statements



  • You want to adopt a child.
  • You have all the necessary documents for the district court, such as .B the notarised adoption application.
  • The Family Court will carry out of its own motion the investigations necessary to establish the relevant facts and will examine the adoption procedure.

Related Links

  • Section 197 Law on family proceedings and voluntary jurisdiction (FamFG)
  • Section 186 et seq. Act on Proceedings in Family Matters and in Matters of Voluntary Jurisdiction (FamFG)
  • Section 1752 Of the Civil Code (BGB)

If you want to adopt a child, first contact the appropriate adoption agency and go through an application process. After passing the adoption period, the application for adoption can be submitted:

  • You or your notary must submit a notarized adoption application to the competent family court.
  • The Family Court examines all documents, involves, among other things, the adoption agency and decides on the adoption.
  • The adoption of the child is decided by the Family Court. By notification of this decision, adoption shall be effective and unchallengeable. The adopted child is given the surname of the adoptive family and has the same rights as a biological child.

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