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Responsible for the service Social Services and Health Care Division, City of Helsinki


  • Service
  • Helsinki
  • Public service

Adoption counselling is available to residents of Helsinki and Vantaa. The counselling is free of charge for customers. Counselling is provided regarding domestic, international and inter-family adoption.

To whom and on what terms

The service is only for citizens of Helsinki and Vantaa.

Background information

Anyone wishing to adopt a child must receive adoption counselling. Counselling may be provided by municipalities and approved organisations of the field. The purpose of adoption is to promote the child’s best interests.

Adoption counselling assists applicants in assessing their capabilities for becoming adopted parents and preparing for parenthood. The purpose of the counselling is to establish if the preconditions for adopting a child are met and if it is possible to agree upon contacts between the child and their prior parents.

In adoption counselling, the applicants are guided to apply for an adoption permission and, if necessary, international adoption services. The counsellors’ tasks also include placing children in adopted families. The child’s adjustment in the new family is supported and monitored.

Basic information

The service is provided byCity of Helsinki
Responsible for the serviceSocial Services and Health Care Division, City of Helsinki
Area Helsinki
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish, English
Text edited by: Social Services and Health Care Division, City of Helsinki
Updated: 26/5/2022