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On Tuesday, 17 December, Saeima’s Human Rights and Public Affairs Committee’s majority voiced support towards limiting adoption of Latvian children to foreign countries.

During the meeting of the committee the head of the Ombudsman’s Office for Child Rights Laila Grāvere said that in practice it is possible to circumvent certain limitations for foreign child adoption.

Welfare Ministry’s parliamentary secretary Krišs Lipšāns said Latvia cannot put obstacles for child adoption to foreign countries.

Orphan Courts Association board chairperson Aurika Zīvere says she has seen both positive and negative foreign adoption examples, which is why she is not particularly positive about this system.

She said the state needs to take responsibility for its children, adding that child adoption by foreigners should not be supported.

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