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Old 22.06.2021, 22:46
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Re: Adoption of grandchild

Guardianship

Initially, the urgent guardianship would be with the KESB, by default. This would happen automatically and with immediate effect,
  • if the grandson already lived in Switzerland:
    as soon as the death of the mother were registered (happens automatically if she died in Switzerland) or if her death were registered in Switzerland from abroad by the grandfather or by the authorities abroad (some countries pass this information on to Switzerland, others don't)
  • if the grandson had been living abroad:
    as soon as he moved to Switzerland (I understand he is a Swiss citizen). It is obligatory to register as living here, within 8 days of arrival, and as he would not be able to accomplish this (since he's a minor), it would immediately be apparent that he has no guardian.

The grandfather could apply for guardianship to be transferred from the KESB to him. He would then be assessed for fitness for the task. Besides the everyday care (as in Obhut, above) the grandfather would have to demonstrate cognitive ability, language skills, and the ability to deal with authorities, doctors, schools, therapists, etc., as well as to organise the boy's everyday live, and to provide for the boy's physical, social and emotional development.

All of these kinds of criteria are likely to be assessed all the more stringently because of the grandfather's age. The grandfather would need to show that he had put plans in place for the event of his own decline in health and particularly his own death, for the boy's safety and security (e.g. all the matters of the orphan's pension, the trust fund, and the boy's uncle as trustee, etc.). If the grandfather is able prove his competence, guardianship may be transferred to him.
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