More children adopted locally than to other countries last year

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Last year the number of children adopted was one of the greatest in the last ten years, with 127 underage people finding new homes in Latvia and 120 adopted to foreign countries, the Welfare Ministry told LSM.

The ministry told LSM's Latvian-language website that there's a positive general tendency as 2016 marked the first time within five years when the number of locally adopted children surpassed the number of children adopted to foreign countries.

"Within the last ten years the views and understanding concerning adoption have greatly changed in Latvia," said Welfare Minister Jānis Reirs.

"The general public opinion and support for children who are being taken care of outside their family have both greatly improved," he said.

In 2016 a total of 13 families adopted two children from a single family, which is five more than in 2015. 

While another family adopted three children coming from a single family. A total of 22 pre-school children were adopted in 2016.

However the number of children adopted has shrunk for the last three years with 267 settling into new homes in 2015 and 300 in 2014.

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