Sweden as an adoption country


Adoptive families and adoptees are a tangible feature of our society, and adoption is an accepted and well-established way of forming a family. Almost 50,000 children have found a new family and a home in Sweden through adoption. Sweden has one of the highest per capita percentages of international adoptees in the world.


Once the adoption process has been completed, the child acquires the same rights as if it had been born in the family. Adoptive families are therefore entitled to the same social benefits as other families. They are allowed to stay at home with the child and be financially compensated for 16 months. Parents can get this benefit starting from the day the child is placed into their care. Single adoptive parents can get a single parent allowance. When adopting from another country through an authorized adoption organisation, you are entitled to an adoption allowance.

All families in Sweden get a child allowance for children up to 16 years of age, which can be prolonged up to 20 years of age if the child studies. Furthermore, all children in Sweden have the right to free public education including university level. School lunches are provided free of charge up to high school level.

Healthcare and dental care are also free of charge for children, and medicines are subsidized. Parents are entitled to temporary parental benefits when caring for a sick child.

Moreover, the Social Services Act requires that special attention must be paid to families with adopted children.