Welcome to Adoptionscentrum

All children have the right to a family.

It is our conviction that all children should primarily grow up with their biological families and, if not possible, with his or her relatives. If that is not an option, the child should be placed in a new family in the country of origin. In case there is no such family, an intercountry adoption can be an alternative.

These values are set out in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the 1993 Hague Convention on intercountry adoption.

Our office

Adoptioncentrum's office is located in Stockholm and has around 21 employees, processing adoption cases, working with development cooperation and providing service to members.

Those responsible for contacts with different countries are all highly skilled with experience of working abroad, and good linguistic ability – some ten different languages are spoken at the office. Our social workers have long experience in their profession and of family contacts – our member families should be able to rely on expert advice and good support throughout the adoption process.

The office is led by the director of the association Kerstin Gedung.

History

Adoptionscentrum was founded in 1969. We are an experienced non-governmental, non-profit, member-based organisation that has three main areas of activity: adoption mediation, international development cooperation and member services.

Since the beginning, Adoptionscentrum has been one of the leading organisations in developing guidelines and ethical rules for intercountry adoption. We are one of the initiators of NAC, Nordic Adoption Council, and Euradopt, a member association for European adoption organisations, which today serve as platforms for this work.

By arranging workshops, conferences and seminars where relevant and important topics are being discussed, we have contributed to and continuously encourage network building between stakeholders from different organisations and countries.

Adoptionscentrum has also participated in different working groups of the Hague convention and the Special Commission for the production of “Guide to Good Practice” for the implementation and execution of the 1993 Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention.

In our work all over the world, we endeavour to implement these standards as a condition for cooperation, and thus guarantee a secure, effective and ethically correct adoption process in collaboration with the prospective parents and the organisations and authorities in the child’s country of origin.  

Since the foundation of the organisation, 25,000 children from over 60 countries have acquired a new family in Sweden through us. This makes us the largest and most experienced adoption organisation in Sweden, and one of the largest and most experienced organisations in the entire world. We are currently collaborating with authorities and NGOs in more than 15 countries.

Adoptionscentrum is not only an organisation, it is also a family association established to meet the interests of the adoptive families and the adoptees. The organisation has about 3,800 member families in Sweden.

We have 19 regional branches spread throughout the country, where member families can engage in lectures, courses and gatherings on a voluntary basis. Thanks to the regional branches, networks are created across Sweden, which serve as a considerable source of support for many members of the organisation.