Who Can Adopt from Germany

The Reichstag Building in Berlin, .

In addition to the U.S. requirements, Germany requires prospective adoptive parents to meet multiple requirements to adopt a child from Germany. ==Residency==

There are no residency requirements to adopt a child from Germany. There is no restriction on the nationality or citizenship of the adopting parent. Germany allows non-Germans to adopt a German child. U.S. citizens who are resident in Germany may apply to adopt from other countries through the German intercountry adoption process. These prospective adoptive parents may contact the relevant central authority for the area of their residence in order to initiate the process.

Age of Adopting Parents

The minimum age for an adopting parent is 25 years old. However, in the case of an adoption of a stepchild, the lower age limit of the adopting parent is 21 years. There is no legal upper age limit of an adopting parent. If a child is being adopted in Germany by foreign parents, the court has the right to take age restrictions in the laws of the parents’ home country into consideration. Although there is no statutory limit, pursuant to a recommendation by the Federal Working Group of the State Youth Welfare Offices, the age gap between the adopting parents and the child being adopted should not be greater than 40 years.


Unmarried, single people, as well as one member of an unmarried heterosexual couple, can adopt a child in Germany. Married couples can only adopt together as husband and wife, with the minimum age for one parent being 25 years old and the minimum age of the second parent being at least 21 years old. Same-sex couples may register as a partnership, but partners cannot adopt jointly, as a married couple can. However, one member of a registered partnership may adopt the biological child of his or her registered partner. Also, one member of a registered partnership may adopt alone.





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