Adoption grant for international adoptions

If you adopt a child from abroad, you can claim an adoption grant from Kela to meet some of the cost of the adoption. You can make the claim as soon as the international adoption agency has identified a child under 18 years of age for placement in your care and the Finnish Board of Inter-Country Adoption Affairs has authorised the adoption.

To qualify for the adoption grant, you must be covered by the Finnish social security system. International adoptions must be carried out through Interpedia, Save the Children or the Social Services Department of the city of Helsinki. Adoption grant is not available if you adopt a child from Finland. The adoption grant is a tax-free lump sum payment.

The amount of the adoption grant depends on the child's country of origin as follows: (if the child was identified for placement with you after 1 January 2019)

  • Taiwan €9,000
  • Thailand €5,000
  • Other countries €7,000

If more than one child is adopted at the same time, the amount of adoption grant paid for the second and each additional child adopted is equal to 30% of the full grant. If you are adopting several children, please click the following link for more detailed information on family benefits for multiple-birth families.

The costs include translation of official documents, travel and accommodation expenses, the service provider's fees, payment to the local agent and various country-specific administration costs. The purpose of the adoption grant is to recompense the parents for some of these costs.

How to claim adoption grant

  1. You can claim adoption grant online. Please note that the e-service is available in Finnish and Swedish only.
  2. Enclose a certificate showing that the child has been placed in your care (form SV 94, PDF), filled in and signed by the international adoption agency.
  3. Scan or take a picture of the certificate and send it online.
  4. Visit our e-service to see if your application has been decided, how much you will get and when you will be paid. You can also see any possible reminders concerning, for instance, documents missing from your application. A written decision on your application will be sent to you by post.

You can claim the adoption grant as soon as the child has been identified for placement with you. You must however claim the adoption grant, at the latest, within 2 months from the date on which the child was placed in your care.

Alternatively, you can fill in and print out the application form for parental benefits for the mother  (SV 9, PDF) or form for parental benefits for the father (SV 29ae, PDF). Mail your application along with the supporting documents to Kela, PL 10, 00056 KELA.

If you live in the Åland Islands you must claim adoption grant from your municipalities's social services (KTS). In the Åland Islands, the amount of the adoption grant may differ from that on the mainland.

When you have got the child in your care, you can also claim parental allowance and child benefit. An adoptive mother can also claim maternity grant and an adoptive father can claim paternity allowance.