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Adoption is a measure taken to protect a child. Adoption will only be considered if circumstances strongly suggest that creating a parent-child relationship is in the child’s best interests and will not have a disproportionate negative impact on the other children of the adoptive parents.
If you are a married couple wishing to adopt a child, you should:
If you wish to adopt a child as a single person, you should:
You may only adopt a child as a single person if you are neither married nor in a registered partnership. If you are and you wish to adopt a child as a single person, you may only do so if certain conditions are fulfilled. For more detailed information, contact the central authority for adoption in your canton of residence.
The suitability of the prospective parents is assessed before they receive the authorisation to adopt a child. They need to guarantee that they can look after the child long-term, and are able to provide for and bring up the child.
If the child is capable of forming an opinion (usually from the age of 12), he or she needs to give consent to the adoption.
Usually, the child’s biological parents must also agree to the adoption of their child, unless they are unknown, they have been absent for a long period and their whereabouts are unknown, or they are permanently incapable of judgement. However, consent may only be given once the child is six weeks old.
File your application for adoption with the central authority for adoption in your canton of residence.