In 1945 the Committee for Children’s Evacuation starts to bring the war children back to Finland. Most of the children are brought back between 1945-1947. However, not all the families in Finland want to take their children back.
According to a survey that the Committee carries out in December 1945 among 600 families in Helsinki, only 1/3 are willing to have their children back. The Committee thinks that the most important reasons for the families’ reluctance are economical and social: the families are now freed from the children’s fostering and they have lost touch with them.
These kinds of problems are to be found also in other big cities in Finland. Still, the Committee wants to get all the children back. It has to found children’s homes as the circumstances in many children’s families have been changed during their stay in Sweden and they cannot be given to their biological parents directly. Eventually either the children’s biological parents or new foster parents in Finland receive the children.
In 1948 a new committee responsible for the return of the war children is founded in Finland.. Now one of the biggest problems is that some of the children’s biological parents who want their offspring back are unable to do so as the parents in Sweden refuse to let the children go. Also the children prefer staying in Sweden as they have found genuine new families there.
In the 1950’s some parents in Finland are still fighting for getting their children back. Almost 10 years has passed since the children were sent to Sweden. A few Finnish families try to sue Swedish parents but in vein as Swedish courts decide the cases for Swedish families.
Some parents in Sweden don’t want to adopt the children but still refuse to send them back and try to make foster contracts which would give them the right to raise the children.