All children have a right to a family

Through numerous visits to institutions, Adoptionscentrum has gathered unique knowledge about children´s situation when growing up in an institution. We have learnt much about the reasons behind why children are placed in an institution and what happens to them when they leave the institution during their adolescence.

Adoptionscentrum implements international development cooperation projects under the name Swedish Foundation for Children without Parental Care. The projects target the most vulnerable children – children without parental care or at risk of being abandoned or taken into custody. The goal is to provide a larger number of children with a safe childhood where their basic rights are respected and fulfilled. All our work is based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The projects are implemented in cooperation with local NGOs that share our values and work towards the same goal in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe. We cooperate with many different organisations – some work locally in a community while others work on a national level. All projects include advocacy work towards decision makers and authorities to achieve long-term changes when it comes to the fulfillment of children’s rights.

Thematic areas for our strategic work:

• To prevent children from being abandoned by strengthening vulnerable families.

• To promote a system for legally secure caretaking of children, ensuring children’s right to their identity and creating prerequisites for children to grow up in a family environment, either by being reunited with their biological family or by placement into a new family.

• To improve the situation for children in institutions so that more children have their right to development and education fulfilled.