In 2018, a total of 52 international adoptions took place in Finland – the number of permits granted remains stable
In 2018, 52 children arrived in Finland from abroad. The figure represents a reduction on previous years. As previously, the highest number of children arrived from South Africa, followed by Thailand. On arrival, some 42% of the children were under the age of 2. Although the number of adopted children continues to fall, the number of intercountry adoption permits issued has remain unchanged for the past four years, with around 200 permits granted each year.
A total of 50 permits were granted for domestic adoption in 2018.
The plenary session of the Adoption Board is tasked with monitoring development in adoption matters and, where necessary, making initiatives in matters concerning adoption. During 2018, the Adoption Board’s plenary session had three meetings. The plenary session of the Adoption Board monitored development in adoption matters including in relation to a government programme addressing reform in child and family services (LAPE) and the role of adoption matters more generally in health and social services reform. In 2018, the Adoption Board issued a statement on proposed changes to the Health Insurance Act as well as the draft Government Decree to increase and update the level of adoption support available.
The Finnish Adoption Board operates under Valvira, the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health, as a special expert, permission and supervisory authority in adoption matters. The Board grants permissions for domestic and intercountry adoptions, as well as operating licences to intercountry adoption service providers and monitors their operations.
Finnish Adoption Board Annual Report 2018 (valvira.fi)
For further information, please contact:
Minna Malviniemi, Senior Officer
tel: +358 (0)295 209 611