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Adoption of a foreign child, conversion of a weak into a strong adoption

Upon request, the family court can convert a so-called weak adoption into a so-called strong adoption.

Process flow

You must submit a notarized application for conversion to the competent local court. The court examines the application and also involves the locally competent youth welfare office and the central adoption office of the state youth welfare office during the proceedings.

The court pronounces the adoption with strong effect if:

  • this serves the best interests of the child,
  • the necessary consents to an acceptance with an effect terminating the parent-child relationship have been granted, and
  • overriding interests of the husband, wife or children of the adoptee or adopted child.

Your adopted child then has all the rights and obligations of a biological child. In addition, if they are not yet 18 years old at the time of the application, they will receive German citizenship if you or your husband or wife are German citizens.

Who should I contact?

Under https://www.justizadressen.nrw.de/de/justiz/suche you will find the local courts responsible for you with further contact options and service hours.

https://www.justizadressen.nrw.de/de/justiz/suche

Competent authority

The application for the adoption of a foreign child shall be decided by the family court, in whose district a Higher Regional Court has its seat, for the district of that Higher Regional Court, unless the respective Land Government has made use of the other arrangement of jurisdiction made possible by Paragraph 5(2) of the AdwirkG.

Requirements

You have adopted a child abroad.

The court pronounces the adoption with strong effect if:

  • this serves the best interests of the child,
  • the necessary consents to an acceptance with an effect terminating the parent-child relationship have been granted, and
  • do not conflict with the overriding interests of the husband, wife or children of the adoptee or adopted child

Which documents are required?

  • Notarized 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
  • Legalization by the German mission abroad.

What are the fees?

  • Notary fees
  • Legal expenses
  • the respective amount depends on the individual case

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

none

Processing duration

At least 3 months due to the given procedure, in more complex procedures possibly longer

Applications / forms

none

Appeal

The rejection of the application can be challenged with the complaint within one month in accordance with §§ 58 ff. FamFG.

Author

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Justice

competent Bodies

Amtsgericht Osnabrück

Address: Kollegienwall 29-31 , 49074 Osnabrück

Telephone: 0541 315-0
Building Access:
elevator available : unknown
wheelchair-accessible : unknown

Data protection information

Gemeinde Rhede (Ems) - Ordnungsamt/Gewerbe/Feuerwehrwesen

Postal address: Post Office Box 1134

Address: Gerhardyweg 1, 26899 Rhede (Ems)

Telephone: 04964 9182-19
Fax: 04964 9182-40
Transport Connection:
Parking:
Handicapped Parking Place: Number: 2, Fees: no
Parking Place: Number: 60, Fees: no
Building Access:
elevator available : yes
wheelchair-accessible : yes
bank account:
recipients: Gemeinde Rhede (Ems)
bank: Emsländische Volksbank
IBAN: DE08266614940000164300
recipients: Gemeinde Rhede (Ems)
bank: Sparkasse Emsland
IBAN: DE06266500010017000019
payment methods:
Sepa Credit Transfer, Bank Transfer, Cash Payment, Sepa Direct Debit, Paypal

Ansprechpartner

Point of contact:
Herr Holger Knak
Address: Gerhardyweg 1, 26899 Rhede (Ems)
Telephone: 04964 9182-19
Fax: 04964 9182-40
Department:
Ordnungsamt, Sozialamt, Bürgeramt, Standesamt, Gewerbeamt
Room:
19
responsible for:

Landkreis Emsland

Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen

Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62

Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Building Access:
elevator available : yes
wheelchair-accessible : yes
bank account:
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Emsländische Volksbank
BIC: GENODEF1LIG
IBAN: DE26266600600120050000
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Sparkasse Emsland
BIC: NOLADE21EMS
IBAN: DE39266500010000001339
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Postbank Hannover
BIC: PBNKDEFF250
IBAN: DE36250100300012132306

Ansprechpartner

Point of contact:
Marc-André Burgdorf
responsible for:
Bernd Otten (Datenschutzbeauftragter)
Telephone: 05931 44-1605
Fax: 05931 44-391605
Room:
605
responsible for:

Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen

Address: Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover

Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99
Building Access:
elevator available : unknown
wheelchair-accessible : unknown

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)

Further Links

Single points of contact of the state of Lower Saxony, Single points of contact of the countries of Europe, advice and assistance for EU citizens and their families.