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of a MonumentGerman Federal Minister of Family Affairs

Key facts at a glance:


If you wish to take a child into care within the Federal Emergency Programme, you do not have to be married. Single parents, unmarried and same-sex couples are equally authorised to participate as long as they are able to provide a stable and secure environment in which the child can flourish.


German nationality and a command of the Arab language are not a prerequisite for participation in the programme.


It is the government’s declared aim that all children can eventually return home to their families. Children are not adopted by their foster parents. The child is and remains the natural child of his or her parents. You must be aware of the fact that parents and relatives can demand the return of their children ahead of time. In addition, it is important to maintain the relationship between your foster child and his and her family. The programme guidelines aim for one telephone call per week depending on individual circumstances. All telephone calls will be assisted by a professional.


Children need space to play and study. You should therefore dispose of ample living space. This, however, does not mean that the child must have his or her own room from the beginning as he or she wil not be accustomed to German “welfare state” standards. Younger children are allowed to share a room.


You should not be more than 69 years of age when the child reaches the age of majority.


A secure residence permit for Germany is mandatory. A limited residence permit does not suffice. In addition, you should dispose of a stable income and be financially independent of the funds you will receive for your foster child.


You will not be alone with any problems that might occur and have access to professional support at all times. Stiftung Zuflucht (Foundation Shelter) and its consultants will give you advice when needed. Children will receive German language training in close proximity to your place of residence.