Adoptive Family

Adoptive Family

If you are thinking about adopting a child, consider it very carefully. You must be prepared to care for the child as you would for your own. Your biological children must accept a new brother or sister. An adoption will change the life of everyone involved – do not take it lightly.

In her book for prospective adoptive parents, Barbara Steck says that adoption is a «lifelong process»: «Adoptive parents and adopted children will be faced with different challenges along the path they walk together. Many adoptive parents go through very difficult phases with their children. Some situations can be quite stressful for everyone involved.

An adoption is a complex situation for all members of the adoptive family. Adopted children must accept the fact that although they are not growing up with their biological parents, they get just as much love. Everybody must find their own way of dealing with the situation. Adoption is an extraordinary and challenging project, for it changes a family completely, and also changes the family’s history.»

There is a legal distinction between the adoption of an under-age child, the adoption of a stepchild or international adoptions. You will find all relevant details on the website of the competent authority, such as the legal requirements for adoption, all necessary forms and international agreements.

Switzerland

Addresses and links

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Aargau

Addresses and links

  • The competent authority for adoptions in the Canton of Aargau is the "Departement Volkswirtschaft und Inneres". You can find detailed information about the prerequisites of an adoption, the application and international treaties under: www.ag.ch.

Basel-Landschaft

Addresses and links

  • The competent authority for adoption in the Canton of Basel-Landschaft is the "Sicherheitsdirektion". You can find detailed information about the prerequisites of an adoption, the application and international treaties under: www.baselland.ch.

Basel-Stadt

Addresses and links

  • The competent authority for adoptions in the Canton of Basel-Stadt are the "Zentrale Behörde Adoption und Pflegefamilien" of the department for education: www.jfs.bs.ch.

Solothurn

Addresses and links

  • The competent authority for the adoption of a child is the "Fachstelle für Familie und Generationen" in the department for social security. You can find detailed information about the prerequisites for an adoption and the process under: www.so.ch.
  • The "Amt für Gemeinden, Abteilung Zivilstandesamt und Bürgerrecht" is competent for the adoption of a stepchild or an adult Person: www.so.ch.

Book Recommendations

„Adoption- ein lebenslanger Prozess“

by Barbara Steck, Karger Verlag, 2007.

 

„Survival-Tipps für Adoptiveltern“

von Christel Rech-Simon and Fritz B. Simon, Carl-Auer-Verlag, 2014

 

„Nuckeldecke. Die Geschichte einer Adoption“

by Rainer Wrage, Leonardo Verlagshaus, 2015.