Adoption of an international child Certify the declaration of the adoption applicants

If the adoption applicants accept the child proposal, they must submit their declaration that they are willing to adopt the proposed child to the Youth Welfare Office in due time. The request for explanation is made by the foreign exchange office. By declaring their willingness, the applicants undertake to reimburse the public funds spent on the child's livelihood for a period of six years from the child's entry into Germany. The costs to be reimbursed include all public funds for subsistence, including accommodation, education, care in the event of illness and care, even if the expenses are based on a legal claim of the child.

Both the foreign placement office and the notarizing person must inform the adoption applicants about the legal scope of the declaration and in particular about the obligations resulting from the declaration.


  • the identity cards of the applicants
  • as well as the child's data (name of the child, date and place of birth).


The prerequisite is the acceptance of the child proposal by the adoption applicants.

Related Links

  • § 7 Adoption Convention Implementation Act (AdÜbAG)
  • § 8 Social Code Eighth Book (SGB VIII)

After instructing the adoption applicants, the declaration of readiness is made to the Youth Welfare Office. The notary of the Youth Welfare Office certifies the declaration. Alternatively, it is also possible to notarize it by a notary. A certified copy will be sent to the foreign exchange office.

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