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Applying as a Foster Parent, Aptitude Test

In order to be allowed to take in a foster child, foster carers need a permit according to §44 SGB VIII in certain cases. An application and qualification process is a prerequisite for obtaining the permit. For placement as a caregiver within the framework of an educational assistance granted by the Youth Welfare Office, a permit according to § 44 SGB VIII is not required. However, the Youth Welfare Office or the Foster Children's Service checks the suitability of the foster staff according to the same criteria.

The task of integrating a child who is initially a stranger into one's own family, of making it at home in one's own family in the long term or permanently, is a demanding task.

The high demands placed on foster parents do not have to and should not be met by them alone. Rather, the foster family is part of a supportive network that has pedagogical knowledge, methodological competence and many years of experience.

Caregivers have completed the qualifying courses of the foster children's service before starting their work.

The decisive factor for the admission of a child to general full-time care is a correspondence between the needs of the child and the existing competencies and resources of the caregivers. Caregivers are not expected to have a professional qualification in a nursing or pedagogical profession in this form of assistance.

For the admission of a child with a special educational need, on the other hand, a professional or semi-professional background is expected. In this context, semi-professional means, for example, the previous care of a foster child over a period of at least two years or long-term care and support of children and young people in the voluntary sector.

Foster parents can be couples with or without children of their own, as well as individuals with a stable social network.

Process flow

Interested applicants should contact the local youth welfare office or the foster children's service. You can find out more there.

You can attend information sessions without having to commit to anything.

For the aptitude test, you must first qualify by participating in appropriate courses. You must also submit an application.

It is not possible to obtain a permit as a caregiver according to § 44 SGB VIII without an intensive application and qualification process. Submission of the application form does not result in obtaining permission.

Who should I contact?

The local youth welfare office

Which documents are required?


What are the fees?

Costs may apply.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

There is no deadline.

Applications / forms

Please contact the responsible Youth Welfare Office.

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Social Affairs, Labour, Health and Equality


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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