The “Eltern für Kinder Österreich” association was commissioned by the MAG ELF to prepare applicants for their role as adoptive parents.

Completing the orientation and training part is a prerequisite for the assessment of suitability, which will be carried out by authorities.
In addition, special trainings must be attended, tailored to each type of adoption; elective trainings are offered additionally.
The whole preparatory training encompasses a wide variety of methods: Presentations, group work, exercises and contemplation complete each other. The orientation and training parts are attended by groups consisting of the same participants each time. If you are interested in participating, please contact Margot Zappe: Telephone: 01 368 71 91 – 16, e-mail: m.zappe[at]




Orientation part

Orientation modules

Module O-1
6 – 9 p.m.
Is adoption something for me?
Differences biological child – adopted child
What is expected from adoptive parents?
Module O-2
6 – 9 p.m.
1 child, 2 sets of parents
Challenges, chances

Seminar 1: Orientation day 

1 day What’s the past, what’s the present, what do I want?
(Unfulfilled) wish for children, letting go, and new outlook

Orientation talk

1 hour Together with a professional, you reflect on the topics treated during the orientation day.

Training part

Training modules

Module A1
6 – 9 p.m.
Types of adoption
From foundlings to open adoptions
Module A2
6 – 9 p.m.
The family of origin
Adoption from the biological parents’ and the children’s point of view
Module A3
6 – 9 p.m.
What kind of parents are needed?
Guest speaker: RAP social worker
What should adoptive parents be capable of?
Module A4
6 – 9 p.m.
Families tell their stories
Adoptive families report their experiences
Module A5
6 – 9 p.m.
Medical factors: Basics
Guest speaker: Paediatrician
Challenges and opportunities for development
Module A6
6 – 9 p.m.
Legal factors
Guest speaker Attorney
Adjudication, parental leave and inheritance law
Module A7
6 – 9 p.m.
Psychological factors
Speaker: Psychologist
Psycho-social development and bonding

Special modules

For international adoptions

International day
Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
International adoptions
Risks, opportunities and organisation

For international adoptions from South Africa (addition to International day)

9 hours
South Africa Module 1
General living conditions in South Africa, reasons for giving a child up for adoption, adoption process, challenges
6 hours
South Africa Module 2
Travelling, biographical work, strategies

Seminar 2: Practice days –
Life in an adoptive family

1.5 days With a practical orientation, the participants actively work on the following topics: family system, being open, biographical work, upbringing and dealing with the family of origin

Feedback session

1 hour Together with a professional, you reflect on the subject matters discussed during the practice days; this is the time for open questions and a feedback to the participants.

Feedback report

Following the feedback session, the EfKÖ team drafts a written feedback for the RAP.

Elective modules

For applicants in training, during the waiting period (1 module per year) and for adoptive parents
Module W1
6 – 9 p.m.
Medical factors: Effects on daily life
Daily life with children with (past) medical issues.
(building on Module A5 Medical factors: Basics)
Module W2
6 – 9 p.m.
Parental leave and work law
Qualification for parental and partial leave, main target group: future adoptive parents (building on Module A6 Legal factors)
Module W3
6 – 9 p.m.
Learning how to deal with challenging situations: giving children strength
(building on Module A7 Psychological factors)
Module W4
6 – 9 p.m.
Biographical work Intensive course
(building on Seminar 2)
Module W5
6 – 9 p.m.
Baby care
main target group: future adoptive parents


Only after completion of the preparatory course, authorities will proceed with the suitability assessment, which will be carried out by the:

Referat Adoptiv- und Pflegekinder (RAP) (Division for adoptive and foster children)
1090 Vienna, Schlagergasse 8
Tel 01/4000/90770

Place, time and costs 


Orientation modules, training modules, elective modules

Time: Week days 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Costs: 75 euros, per person and module

Seminar 1: Orientation day

Time: 1 day (8 hours)
Costs: 200 euros per person

Orientation talk

Time: approx. 1 hour, location to be determined
Costs: 240 euros for individuals
320 for couples

International day

Time: Week days 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Costs: 150 euros per person

Seminar 2: Practice days

Time: 1.5 days (12 hours)
Costs: 280 euros per person

Feedback session

Time: Domestic adoption: approx. 1 hour, 1 staff
International adoption: approx. 1.5 hours, sometimes 2 staff
Costs: incl. drafting and mailing the feedback report:
Dom. adoption:    320 euros per couple
Int. adoption: 400 euros per couple
300 euros for individuals

SAMO 1 (South Africa Module 1)

Time: 1 day (9 hours)
Costs: 180 euros per person

SAMO 2 (South Africa Module 2)

Time: Half a day (6 hours)
Costs: 120 euros per person



The costs indicated above are based on a membership. The membership fee is 50 euros per family and calendar year.
All courses and classes take place at: Eltern für Kinder Österreich
Seminar rooms in the Kornhäuslvilla
Maroltingergasse 81/corner Ottakringer Straße 233
1st floor
1160 Vienna
Contact details: Tel.: 01 368 71 91