Because of public opposition in Latvia to the adoption of Latvian children by foreigners, the government does not make intercountry adoption a priority. Children are cared for in orphanages or foster families, and may speak Russian or Latvian. Prospective parents are likely to be matched with a sibling group of three or more children, a child over age nine, or a child with severe health problems.
For more up-to-date information on how to adopt from Latvia, visit the Latvia Adoption page on the U.S. State Department’s website. Get parent-to-parent advice and support in the International Adoptive Families group in our online community, Adoptive Families Circle.
Latvia Adoption Fast Facts
- 2015 Adoptions: 170 children
- Hague Country: Yes
- Estimated Total Cost: $29,000 to $32,000
- Profile of Children: 84% of children are older than 5 years old. 61% are girls(2014).
- Parent Ages: Parents must be at least 25, and must be at least 18 years older than the child.
- Family Status: Both married couples and singles may adopt. Latvian law does not recognize same-sex marriage.
- Travel: May require as many as three trips. Latvian courts require that a parent-child relationship be formed before a final court decision is made, but the exact requirements vary on a case-by-case basis. Parents may be required to care for children and share a household in Latvia for up to six months.
- Timeline: Generally from one to four years.