Actions of the central authority – oversight of intercountry adoptions
The Adoption Board is, in Finland, the central authority referred to in the Hague Adoption Convention and the national authority referred to in the European Convention on the Adoption of Children.
The duties of the Adoption Board in its role as the central authority are managed by the Section for International Matters. One of the members of this Section shall be a representative of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. The Section must also include at least members with expertise in legal matters relating to international adoptions, practical intercountry adoption operations and child welfare. For the term 2022–2027, the Section was augmented with experts in international social work and global development studies.
The key duties of the Section for International Matters of the Adoption Board include issuing license to provide intercountry adoption services and for the collaboration of Finnish service providers with foreign service providers. The Adoption Board oversees the operations of service providers, monitors compliance with the Hague Adoption Convention in Finland and, when necessary, takes measures to ensure compliance with the Convention.