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Adopt a stepchild


  • The adoption agency advises all parties involved
  • The application is filed with the family court
  • The need for adoption and suitability are examined
  • The family court decides on the adoption

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Different-sex couples and same-sex couples can adopt a stepchild.

It is also a stepchild adoption if in a lesbian partnership the partner of the birth mother - for example after an artificial insemination or sperm donation - wants to obtain the legal parenthood for the common desired child and applies for the adoption of the child for this purpose.