Latvia Adoption Fast Facts

Wondering how to adopt from Latvia? Find statistics, prospective parent requirements, personal stories, and more resources.

A child who joined her family through Latvia adoption

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.

Search the National Infertility & Adoption Directory for adoption agencies placing children from Latvia.

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.

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