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Nearly 250 Latvian children adopted in 2012

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248 Latvian children were adopted in 2012. 104 were adopted in Latvia, 144 – taken to foreign countries. 1 294 children are still waiting to be adopted. Most of them are of the age of 10 to 18, according to data from Welfare Ministry.

“Even though there were 24 fewer children adopted in 2012, the domestic adoption trends are positive. While 2012 began with a queue of 56 potential parents waiting to adopt a child, 2013 began with 90 potential Latvian parents. Therefore, the wish of Latvian residents to adopt children has not diminished,” – comments WM Children and Family Policy Department director Livija Liepina.

According to her, the reduction of the number of adopted children appeared because there is a lack of children under the age of three in orphanages. This can be partially explained with the wish of Latvian foster parents to adopt a child of a specific gender and age. This wish can extend the waiting time until potential parents receive information about a child of the requested age. Latvian foster families are mostly interested in adopting a single child (most often girls) up to the age of three.

The ministry’s projection for 2013 states that the number of children that will be adopted will increase. It will be largely due to amendments to two important sections of the Civil Law.

Starting from 2013, Orphans’ Courts will be able to submit pleas in relation to suspension of custody to the court in a much more progressive manner.

Also, amendments will state that a guardian that wish to adopt the child in his custody, will be relieved from their duties after the court’s decision about the confirmation of adoption becomes in force. This will make the adoption process much easier, notes the ministry.

Foreign adoption trends remain the same: children that have no hope of finding a family in Latvia are usually adopted by foreigners. Usually those are children of school age, as well as children with health problems.

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