Legislation and Central Authority
Federal Republic of Germany is a party to the Hague Convention on Protection and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption since 1 March 2002.
For the Federal Republic of Germany on federal level the functions of the Centra Authority under the Hague Convention are entrusted to the German Chief Federal Prosecutor at the Supreme Federal Court.
On a reagional level the powers of the Central Authority are executed by the central bureaus for adoptions at the Regional social services for children and youths.
The Central Federal Bureau has a coordinating function in general matters related to international cooperation, such as exchange of information regarding the applicable legislation, questions related to the adoption procedure, statistic and questions related to specific cases.
Citizenship of the adopted child:
Regarding the citizenship of a child adopted through intercounry adoption, the Law on citizenship as of 22 July 1913 are applied, last amendment adopted on 15 July 1999.
According to Second chapter of this law: Citizenship in a federal provice can be aquired through adoption unless the adopted child has turned 18 at the time of the submission of the application for adoption.
The children of the adopted child by a German citizen also becomes a German citizen according to par. 6 of the Law on Citizenship.