Adoption is not a good way to help in Afghanistan – there are other means for helping children
The Adoption Board at Valvira has received inquiries as to whether adoption might be a good way to provide help for the people of Afghanistan. It is the considered opinion of the Adoption Board that in the current circumstances Afghanistan does not have the legislative or administrative structures in place required for adoption, and that it would therefore not be possible to safeguard the rights of the children. Adoption cooperation requires a stable administration, a functioning child welfare system and legislation that protects the rights of children and is conducive to international cooperation.
“International adoptions should not be pursued in cases of disaster or other exceptional circumstances when there is a high risk of children being separated from their parents for a variety of reasons. We should also remember that even under stable circumstances, international adoption is a measure of last resort for helping a child,” says Irene Pärssinen-Hentula, Chairman of the Adoption Board.
“At the moment, the priority is to use all available means to prevent children from being separated from their parents in the first place and to engage in family reunification in Afghanistan as soon as it is possible.”
The Adoption Board recommends that Finns should channel their natural inclination to help through aid organisations that provide humanitarian aid.
“If a family in Finland wishes to adopt a child, they should proceed through the domestic adoption process or through Finnish adoption service providers that work with well-established countries of origin,” says Pärssinen-Hentula.
The adoption service providers in Finland are Save the Children Finland and Interpedia.
Irene Pärssinen-Hentula, Chairman of the Adoption Board, tel. 0295 209 247
Further information on adoptions:
Adoption Board (valvira.fi)
Save the Children Finland (pelastakaalapset.fi)
Interpedia (in Finnish) (interpedia.fi)