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Saeima expresses concerns over the fate of children adopted by foreigners

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULast year, 110 children were adopted in Latvia. 144 children were adopted by foreigners. There are currently 99 potential adopters waiting for approval in Latvia.

Residents usually adopt a single child who is not older than 1 year and is healthy. Foreign adopters usually come from France, Italy and USA, according to information from the Latvian Welfare Ministry.

It should be said that deputies of the Saeima Social and Labour Affairs Commission have noted several flaws in the child adoption process in Latvia. They note that there is little to no information available about the children who were adopted by foreigners and taken to foreign countries, as reported by the Saeima Press Centre.

“In many cases of children being adopted by foreigners, post-adoption information is often not provided by the adopters about the children. This raises concerns over their fate. We know next to nothing about them as soon as they are taken from the country – where they live, how they like it there, are they subjected to domestic violence”, – explains deputy Andris Berzins.

Deputies of the parliamentary commission believe it to be necessary to make sure that most children remain in Latvia after adoption. Deputy Elina Silina says the children that currently reside in orphanages and social care centres should be offered to potential adopters first. Deputy Inita Bisofa of the Reform Party calls to provide additional support to Latvian adopters.

As one of the possible measures that could contribute to the child adoption practice in Latvia, Director of the Child and Family Policy Department Livija Liepina mentions the practice of informing Latvia living foreign adopters about children that can be adopted and then taken to foreign countries. She believes this will encourage foreigners to consider adopting children that do not fall within their set adoption requirements. Deputies of the Saeima commission also have an interest in the general activities of child adoption agencies, as well as how these agencies use the money adopters pay for the children they adopt. Practice shows that this money is not usually used to cover translation, living or other kinds of expenses.

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