Adopting a child from abroad

If you wish to adopt a child from abroad you must meet several conditions.

Since 8 February 2021, the adoption of children from another country has been suspended. It is not known yet how long the suspension will last. Do you already have a declaration of approval in principle ('beginseltoestemming')? Then you can still complete the adoption procedure after an extra test. New adoption applications will not be processed. You can read more about the suspension of adoption from another country (information in Dutch) at