Adoption is a legal operation. It signifies parents´ rights and responsibilities being transferred to foster parents. In an adoption family, a child obtains the same position as a biological child.
People who consider giving away a child or desire to adopt a child, must receive adoption counselling before adoption relations can be formed. Counselling process is obligated in inter-family adoptions as well, and it applies to all the parties involved. Both domestic and foreign adoptions begin with adoption counselling.
City of Rauma acquires adoption services via Pelastakaa Lapset ry.