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Check suitability as adoptive parents for intercountry adoption (general)

You would like to adopt a child from abroad? Then you must first qualify as an adoptive parent.

Intercountry adoption is divided into 2 suitability tests: The general aptitude test at the local adoption agency and the country-specific aptitude test at an independent international adoption agency or the central adoption agency of the state youth welfare office.

The general suitability test examines the suitability of the potential adoptive parents. This includes, for example, the reasons for the adoption, the stability of the partnership or health aspects.


If you wish to adopt a child, then under German law you must have unlimited legal capacity and be at least 25 years old. If you are married, at least one of the two spouses must be 25 years old, with the younger spouse being at least 21 years old. There is no maximum age for adoptive parents set by law. The age difference to the adopted child should correspond to a natural distance, according to the Federal Working Group of the State Youth Welfare Offices.

Normally, the following applies: a married couple - regardless of gender - can only jointly adopt a child. Whether an international adoption by same-sex couples is possible depends largely on the legal situation in the country of origin of the adopted child. However, single persons can also adopt a child.

They must be suitable for adoption.