Welcome to Swedish Friends of Children 

Swedish Friends of Children is an authorized, non-profit adoption society that has worked for more than 35 years with finding families for children through inter-country adoption. 

Since the start of 1979, Swedish Friends of Children has helped more than 2,000 children find adoptive homes in Sweden. Today we work with China, Hong Kong,  and Taiwan.

We are authorized by the Family Law and Parental Support Authority, MFoF, and we work within the terms of the Hague Convention and the United Nations Children’s Convention. 

Adoption in Sweden 

It is very common with adopted children and adults in Sweden. More than 50 000 children have been adopted from other countries over the past 50 years. The first children adopted to Swedish families are adult today and studies show that most of these persons are doing well, living just like every other person in our society. 

Adopted children in Sweden enjoy the same rights as biological children, as well as adoptive parents have the same rights as biological parents. Our social welfare system makes it possible for parents to be on paid parental leave for 480 days and get sickness- and unemployment benefits. All children in Sweden get free medical care including surgeries and dental care up to the age of 19 and free schooling up to university level. 

Adoptions from countries that have ratified the Hague Convention are automatically valid in Sweden. The child automatically receives Swedish citizenship. The Swedish District Court completes adoptions from other countries and the child automatically becomes a Swedish citizen.

According to Swedish Law, adoption must be carried out through an authorized adoption societies like Swedish Friends of Children. Authorization is issued by the Family Law and Parental Support Authority, Mfof who also supervises our work. 

The Swedish adoption process 

Independent home study 

All adoptive parents must receive an approval in advance from the Social Welfare Committee in the municipality they live. This means that a social worker conducts an independent home study to make sure that the family is suitable to receive an adopted child. A home study report is written, which is later translated and sent abroad together with the application. 

All prospective adoptive parents also visit a compulsory parental education to get information about the specific needs adopted children might have. 

Our role in the adoption process 

In the adoption process our role is to be the independent intermediary between the child´s representative abroad and prospective adoptive parents in Sweden. 

We mediate all communication between the family and the contact abroad. We make sure that our contacts abroad get correct adoption applications from families that match the contact´s requirements. If the contact has limited the number of applications they receive, we also keep waiting lists in Sweden. 

More and more often we are also entrusted with suggesting suitable families for children with special needs, as our contacts abroad think that we have better knowledge of the families. Of course, it is always the contact abroad that makes the final approval of the family.

In Sweden, we support the prospective adoptive parents during their adoption process. We inform them about the situation abroad, reminding them that adoption is all about the best interest of the child. 

One important issue for us is to make sure that the children’s representatives abroad get follow-up reports that are written in Sweden. 

Other post adoption work that we do include establishing networks of adoptive families and supporting older adoptees seeking information about their background. We have a scholarship where adoptees can apply for a financial contribution to learn more about their background. In some countries we can also, with the help of our contacts, act as an intermediary with the country of origin if the adoptee decides to seek information on its biological relatives. 

About us 

Swedish Friends of Children was founded by a group of parents who had adopted from Sri Lanka. At that time, the organization’s name was Sri Lanka Friends of Children, SLBV, but in 1994 the organization officially changed its name when cooperations with other countries had started.

The organization was founded in the north part of Sweden and today our office is still located in the north. The location today is Öjebyn, close to the city of Piteå. 

Our members live all over Sweden and they elect representatives to our board that discusses the overall questions that involve our organization. 

Swedish Friends of Children is a member of both the Nordic Adoption Council (NAC) and Eur Adopt, an association of adoption organizations from 14 Western European countries. Memberships in these umbrella associations allow us to participate in the development of ideas, to compare notes and to work on issues of common concern. 

Aid projects 

Swedish Friends of Children also work with small scale support aid activities for vulnerable and/or orphaned children. These activities primarily focus on: 

  • Abandoned children 

  • Working to improve the situation of children who are particularly vulnerable, such as children with disabilities or children with parents with mental and/or physical problems 

  • Working to promote and improve the health of children, by providing for example medical care, examinations or aid

  • Working to improve the everyday life of children living in orphanages or institutions, such as promoting children's rights to development by supporting for example educational programs

Contact 

E-mail 

Telephone 

+46 911 66500

Postal address 

Barnens Vänner
P.O Box 123
943 23 Öjebyn
Sweden

Delivery and visiting address 

Barnens Vänner
Ängsholmen 1 C, Öjebyn

Employees 

Carin Nordsvahn 

Director of Swedish Friends of Children.
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Lisbeth Eriksson 

Social Worker and Executive Official.
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Mona Berglund 

Informant.
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Anna Bäckström 

Responsible follow up reports.
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