Counseling and placement by an adoption agency of the youth welfare offices is free of charge for the adopting adoptive parents. The professionals check the requirements and accompany the entire adoption process. What the adopting parents have to pay are the notary fees for the adoption application and the notarization as well as the court fees of the family court. If necessary, fees for the issuance of a health certificate or a police certificate of good conduct are added.
In the case of counseling and placement by an adoption agency under independent sponsorship, the costs are based on the underlying contract. Many free carriers offer their services free of charge. There are in North Rhine-Westphalia, however, also carriers who demand fees in different amounts for the domestic area.