You can find your experienced adoption lawyer at Keyser attorneys in Antwerp. There are two possible scenarios: full adoption and simple adoption (similar to long-term foster care).

Full adoption
Full adoption results in all legal ties with the original family being severed. The child is assigned all the rights of the adoptive family. The child also receives the name of the adopter(s). His or her and his or her descendants’ inheritance rights are equal to those of any children of the adoptive parents. The child loses any inheritance rights relating to the biological family.

Simple adoption (Fostering)
In simple adoption, children retain their legal ties with the biological parents and family. The consequences of simple adoption are therefore less far-reaching than those of full adoption. The child may choose to keep his or her name, or assume the name of the adopter(s). With regard to inheritance rights in particular, simple adoption is very favourable: the adoptee can maintain his or her inheritance rights from the original family, and may also inherit from the adopter and associated family.

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