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Advice and support for guardians and caregivers

The Youth Welfare Office can advise on questions of upbringing and care and on legal problems.

If necessary, the Youth Welfare Office can point out suitable help.

If necessary, the Youth Welfare Office can help with the drafting of letters.

A specific form of advice or the scope of advice is not regulated by law.

The Youth Welfare Office can only represent the child in court proceedings if a guardianship must be applied for separately. A guardianship can be applied for for the determination of paternity and for maintenance matters.

Process flow

There is no special procedure.

It is recommended to contact the Youth Welfare Office in advance.

Who should I contact?

As a rule, the Youth Welfare Office is responsible in whose catchment area the caregiver or his guardian lives, according to the law "has his habitual residence".


The right to advice and support is unconditional.

The claim exists from the date of appointment by the guardianship court.

Which documents are required?

If the person and the specific individual case are not yet known to the Youth Welfare Office, proof of the order as well as proof of identity (e.g. identity card) is useful.

All details should be clarified with the Youth Welfare Office.

What are the fees?

There are no fees.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

There are no deadlines to be observed.

Processing duration

The processing time depends on the need for advice or support in the individual case.

Legal basis

until 31.12.2022 § 53 para. 2 of the Social Code – Eighth Book (SGB VIII), see also the link below.

from 01.01.2023 § 53a para. 1 SGB VIII

The responsibility of the Youth Welfare Office is regulated in § 87d para. 1 SGB VIII., see also the link below.


Applications / forms

Forms available: No

Written form required: No

Informal application possible: Yes

Personal appearance required: No

There are no formal requirements.

Depending on the individual case, a personal appearance may be useful.

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Equality


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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