Foster Children & Adoption

You want to take in a foster child or adopt a child? Here you can find out everything about requirements, rights & obligations.

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Foster children

Foster parents are urgently needed in Innsbruck. Here you can find out briefly and concisely who is eligible to become a foster parent, how the process of taking in a foster child works, what rights and obligations foster parents have and what support you can get. You can also find out more at the information evening for foster parents - register now.

Detailed information can be found in the foster parent brochure of the province of Tyrol or at the information evening for foster parents.

Who can take in a foster child?

In Tyrol, permanent foster care placements are primarily sought. This means that a foster child is accompanied by the foster parents until they reach the age of majority and possibly beyond (until their 21st birthday). As a rule, children are between 0 and 3 years old when they enter a foster family.

If you would like to take in a foster child, there are the following requirements:

  • You should be between 28 and 45 years old (for infants).
  • regular living conditions
  • stable family circumstances
  • financial stability
  • intact social environment
  • single or in partnership
  • They show willingness to cooperate with the responsible child and youth welfare services and the natural parents.

What is the procedure for taking in a foster child?

  1. You contact Service Unit Foster children, adoption and unaccompanied minor refugees.. with your wish to take in a foster child.
  2. The responsible social worker of the Child and Youth Welfare Service will conduct several personal interviews with you. In the course of the interviews, a work sheet is prepared. You give the social worker a medical certificate and your consent to obtain a criminal record.
  3. If there are several home visits, the social worker checks the requirements.
  4. You complete the free foster parenting course, regardless of your prior education. The social worker in charge registers you for this preparatory course.
  5. The placement of a foster child takes place. You will be accompanied intensively by the child and youth welfare service. An outpatient caregiver supports you and also accompanies you during the visitation contacts with the biological parents.
  6. For the care of a foster child, you will receive financial compensation depending on the age of the child (from about 520 euros for a child under 3 years). It is also possible to receive special needs payments for e.g. deductibles, therapeutic measures, medical technical aids and allowances, e.g. for the purchase of documents.
  7. You as caregivers are accompanied by the social workers. In addition to supervision and further training, you can also take part in regular caregiver-parent meetings.

What rights and obligations do I have as a foster parent?

  • You must be willing to cooperate with child and youth welfare services.
  • You are open to regular contact between the foster child and his or her biological parents. If necessary, this contact can also be professionally accompanied by social workers.
  • For your work as a foster parent, you will receive a so-called foster parent allowance, which is paid on a sliding scale according to the age of your foster child. In addition, you are entitled to receive family allowance for the foster child.
  • In the case of young children, it is possible to take maternity/paternity leave and receive childcare allowance.
  • You can take out voluntary self-insurance. This insurance includes health and pension insurance, but not accident or unemployment insurance.

Extensive information can be found in the foster parent brochure of the province of Tyrol.

Adoption

Learn on the one hand who can adopt a child and how an adoption works, or on the other hand how you can give a child up for adoption and what types of adoptions there are.

The waiting period for adoptions is currently around five years. An alternative is to take in a foster child.

Who can adopt a child?

If you want to adopt a child, there are the following requirements:

  • You must be between 25 years old and a maximum of 45 years old
  • You must be a married couple (also same-sex)
  • Age difference to the adopted child: at least 16 years
  • regular living conditions
  • financial stability
  • intact social environment

The waiting period for adoptions is currently around five years. An alternative is to take in a foster child.

How does an adoption work?

  1. You contact the adoption counseling of Caritas.
  2. You contact the Service Unit Foster children, adoption and unaccompanied minor refugees.. with your wish to adopt a child.
  3. The responsible social worker of the child and youth welfare service conducts several personal interviews with you.
    1. In the course of the interviews (suitability assessment), a work sheet is filled out.
    2. You give the social worker a medical certificate and your consent to obtain a criminal record.
  4. You attend an information evening for adoptive applicants.
  5. In the case of several home visits, the social worker checks further requirements.
  6. You complete the preparation course for adoptions at Caritas Innsbruck (cost 600 Euros per couple).
  7. If you are suitable, you will be included in the Tyrol-wide evidence file. However, it sometimes takes about five years before a child is actually placed. An alternative is to take in a foster child.
  8. An adoption contract is drawn up (costs approx. 500 euros per couple). The child is in adoptive care with you at this stage.
  9. The court approval procedure takes place at the district court at the child's place of residence:
    1. Examination of the requirements
    2. Hearings (of the parents, the adopted child, the child and youth welfare services, the foster parents, ...)
    3. Consent of the parents of the minor adoptive child
    4. Consent of the adoptive parents
    5. Consent of the adult adopted child who is not capable of making decisions or of the legal representative(s) of the minor adopted child
  10. The application is approved by the court - thus the adoption contract becomes effective.

Depending on whether you decide to adopt domestically or internationally, there are different official channels.

How can I place a child for adoption?

If you want to give a child up for adoption, contact the Office for Child and Youth Welfare as early as possible. The social workers are there to help you in confidence and will be happy to advise you.

What types of adoptions are there?

  • Incognito adoption: The relinquishing parents cannot obtain any data about the child's adoptive parents. The child and youth welfare agency acts as an intermediary authority. The name of the relinquishing parents is known to the child and youth welfare authority for later inquiries or requests.
  • Open adoption: The adoptive parents and the relinquishing parents know the personal data of each other. Limited contact between the child and the relinquishing parents is possible. This variant is the preferred form of adoption today.
  • Anonymous birth: The relinquishing mother gives birth without disclosing her own identity. By law, custody is taken over by the competent child and youth welfare authority until the legally binding adoption approval decision.

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Last updated 09.12.2022