Applying to the court to adopt a child in the Netherlands
You can adopt a child in the Netherlands by making an application to the district court. The district court will decide whether adoption is possible.
Last updated on 10 august 2021
Eligibility to adopt a child
Conditions apply to adopting a child in the Netherlands. You must be at least 18 years older than the adopted child.
Applying to adopt a child
Applications for adoption (in Dutch) are made to the district court. You will need the help of a lawyer to do this.
Laws and regulations (in Dutch)
Dutch Civil Code, Book 1, Title 12