Adoption: Declaration of child admission

If the adoption of a child from abroad is possible, the adoption applicants are asked by the foreign agency to declare that they are willing to adopt this child when he or she enters Germany. This declaration must be notarized.

If you are interested in adopting a child from abroad and a child can be proposed for adoption, you will be asked by the foreign agency to make a declaration that you are willing to adopt that child.

A certain form is prescribed for this declaration. The declaration must be "publicly notarized". This notarization can be done in a notary's office or in a youth welfare office. The notarization in the Youth Welfare Office is free of charge. There are costs for notarization in a notary's office.

If you agree to adopt the child proposed to you, you are obliged to reimburse various public benefits provided to the child. This obligation exists for a maximum of six years and ends with an adoption of the child.

There is no obligation to reimburse services provided to the child if the child is already living in your household but has not yet been adopted. In these cases, you only have to pay a cost contribution to the extent that parents would have to. The same applies to benefits that would also have to be granted if the child were already living in your household.

For the notarization, the identity must be proven. You must therefore be able to identify yourself with an identity card, passport or comparable documents.



  • As part of the adoption procedure, the foreign placement office must have asked you to submit a declaration in accordance with § 7 (1) AdÜbAG and you must be prepared to adopt the child proposed to you.


The declaration of willingness to adopt a child must be publicly certified. This is possible in a notary's office and in a youth welfare office.

Related Links

  • § 7 Adoption Convention Implementation Act (AdÜbAG)
  • Act on the Agreement on the Joint Central Adoption Agency (AdZtrAbk SH)
  • If the foreign placement office has asked you to submit a declaration in accordance with § 7 Abs. 1 AdÜbAG and you are willing to adopt the child proposed to you, please contact the office where you would like to have the notarization carried out.
    It is most advantageous if an appointment is made with the body that is to take up the certificate. Before notarization, the person who takes up the document informs about the legal consequences of the notarization.
  • As a rule, the notarization can be done immediately.
  • The certificate will be sent to the foreign exchange.

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Senator for Social Affairs, Youth, Integration and Sport of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen

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