Latvian children will have chance of Australian adoption

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Australians will be able to adopt children from Latvia and Poland under new overseas adoption regulations announced by the government of Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, the Sydney Morning Herald said in its online edition Monday.

PM Turnbull said on Monday that Australians would be able to "help provide permanent loving homes" to children in Poland and Latvia if families could not be found in their home countries. 

He indicated that the two Eastern European countries had a strong commitment to finding families for children "within their borders", Australian families might also be able to help, particular in the cases of older children, children with medical needs and siblings, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

The Australian government is also hopeful that other programs will open soon. This week, Australian officials are traveling to Bulgaria to discuss an arrangement there and are continuing to work with Vietnam on the "development of a possible program", the newspaper said.

Australia currently has adoption programs with 11 countries, including Chile, China, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

Australia has a long-established Australian community and a new life down under could offer hope to Latvian kids in orphanages.

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