Eltern-Kind-Brücke e.V.

State-approved International Adoption Service

Adoption process

As a first step, we offer an in-depth information session where couples can receive personal and confidential advice on general questions about international adoption, requirements, options and risks.

After the initial information meeting, a two-stage aptitude test takes place: a general test by the youth welfare office and then a country-specific test. If the first check is positive, the country-specific check takes place. Here we work together with the local adoption agencies. If the country-specific suitability is determined, the social report is requested from the local service. Finally, a final country interview takes place. The application documents are then compiled, translated and sent to the relevant specialist centre abroad.

Due to the imbalance between the number of applicants and the number of available children, there is then a waiting period which can often last several years. During this time we offer preparatory seminars for prospective parents. 

If a child is proposed to us by the foreign specialist agency, the prospective adoptive parents are invited to an interview with our specialist after consultation with the local specialist agency and the State Youth Welfare Office. If the prospective adoptive parents agree to the proposal, the declaration of willingness to adopt the child is notarised. We then inform the country of origin of the child's adoption. Depending on the regulations in the country of origin, we will either travel to the child's country of origin to complete the process th 

After the child has been accepted into the family, the so-called adoption care period begins. During this period, home visits and interviews with adoptive families are organised by a local boys' office. Depending on the requirements of the country of origin, development reports are prepared and sent to the specialist centre in the child's home country. The statutory adoption care period ends when the adoption is finalised in the child's home country. As the adoption decision abroad does not always automatically have legal effect in Germany, it is necessary to go through a procedure of recognition and determination of effect before a German family court.  

After adoption, we continue to provide support and guidance. This includes parenting counselling, bereavement support, youth discussion groups, biography work and an annual family meeting.


Eltern-Kind-Brücke e.V.

International Adoption

Wernher-von-Braun-Str. 18
69214 Eppelheim / Heidelberg

Tel: (06221) 83 31 48 and (06221) 33 94 20

Fax: (06221) 83 31 38
e-mail: info@ekb-pcb.de

Office hours

Mo-Thu: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m
Wed: 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m and on appointment

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