How can I adopt a child from abroad?

If you want to adopt a child from another country you must apply for a declaration of approval in principle (beginseltoestemming).

Applying for a declaration of approval in principle

You can download the application form for a declaration of approval in principle (in Dutch only) from Adoptie.nl, the Adoption Services Foundation (SAV) website. You can also contact the SAV to request a form.

Conditions for adopting a child

The SAV decides whether you satisfy the conditions for entering the adoption procedure. All the steps you must go through are set out on the page entitled Procedure stap voor stap (in Dutch only) on Adoptie.nl.