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Receive support in enforcing the permanent placement of a child with the foster carers

If the parents wish to take the child away from the foster carer, the family court may, ex officio or at the request of the foster carer, order the child to remain with the foster carer if and as long as the child's well-being would be endangered by the removal or, under certain conditions, permanently.

In this way, the caregivers can be supported.

Process flow

  • The caregivers turn to the foster children's service with the request for support / accompaniment if the surrender of the child is requested.
  • The foster carer can apply to the family court for the child to remain in the foster family.
  • In addition, the court can also act ex officio, so that the Youth Welfare Office can also file a corresponding application.
  • Until the conclusion of the proceedings, the court may issue an interim injunction under which the foster child will remain with the foster family until the decision is made.
  • Foster children from the age of 14 must always be heard by the court in proceedings concerning persons or property care. A child under the age of 14 shall be heard if his or her inclinations, attachments or will are relevant to the decision or if it appears necessary to establish the facts.
  • In any case, the court's decision is based on the "best interests of the child".

Who should I contact?

To the local youth welfare office


A foster child has been living in a foster family for a long time.

The child's parents or persons with the right to determine the child's place of residence demand the return of the child.

The child's well-being is endangered by the removal from the foster family.

The caregivers want or need support from the foster children's service.

What are the fees?

There are no costs.

Processing duration

After being contacted by the foster carers, the foster children's service will begin to accompany the procedures for "keeping a child with foster care". The length of the proceedings depends on the duration of the court proceedings before the family court.

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)