Last checked: 30/06/2020


Affected by Brexit?

There are no uniform EU rules on adoption. Each EU country applies its own rules.

Contact national authorities for information on requirements for adoption and procedures to be followed.

All EU countries do, however, share certain principles enshrined in international conventions on adoption:

In most EU countries, the child will be able to take your surname and nationality, and should have the same inheritance rights as a biological child.

As an adoptive parent, you will have the same rights and obligations towards your child as any other parent.


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