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Old 21.06.2021, 23:43
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Re: Adoption of grandchild

So the case is:
Grandparent wants to adopt grandchild while the mother is still alive and able to lawfully decide and act ("handlungsfähig" in German), the father is unknown/of no concern.

The Swiss federal court ruled negatively on a very similar case in 2010.

In that case from 2010, the mother was single, age 18 when she gave birth in 2000, lived an unsteady life, changed her address frequently. The marriage was divorced in 2006 with the mother getting sole custody. She tried to commit suicide in 2006. The child was cared for by the grandparents, apparently they did a flawless job. In 2007 the mother moved closer to the grandparents (her parents) and finished an apprenticeship in their business, mother and child were in regular contact.
(An apprenticeship has significant value around here, in general it's the foundation to earn a living wage, in most professions for an entire single-earner family.)

In 2007 the grandparents applied for adoption, with both parents' consent. The courts of all three jurisdictional levels rejected the application.

The reason for the refusal given by the federal court is that, while such an adoption is generally possible, the child's wellbeing is paramount. With the mother and child in regular contact, and the mother able to be the parent, the potential for conflict is considered far too high and that's not in the child's best interest.

So, OP, your chances in Switzerland seem pretty much zero. IMHO ofc and with the caveat that IANAL.

All three countries involved have ratified the Hague Convention on Child Protection (see UK in 2003, USA 2007, Switzerland 2002). Whether that makes for the same answer to your application in all three countries, especially in the US, may be interesting to find out but I'd keep my hopes from getting high.
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