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MINISTRY OF WELFARE

OF THE REPUBLIC OF LATVIA

28 Skolas str., Riga, LV-1331, Latvia

Phone 371 67021600

 Fax 371 67276445

E-mail: lm@lm.gov.lv

11.02.2014. No. 33-2-02/78.

To all recipients attached

Information on adoptable children

The Ministry of Welfare (hereinafter - the Ministry) appreciating the cooperation in the field of foreign adoption, and believing that every child has the right to live in a family, in accordance with the implementation in Latvia of article 16 of the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Cooperation in Intercountry Adoption (hereinafter - the Convention), hereby provides information on adoptable children for whom families are being sought abroad:

 

1. Boy, born on October 19, 2006:

  • boy has blue eyes and light brown hair. The boy likes books and he enjoys beading. The boy is hard-of-hearing (practically deaf). The boy also has vision issues, he wears glasses. The boy has poor development of motion coordination, retardation has been observed;
  • child was born to 19 years old mother, from her 1st pregnancy, in the 1st delivery, with weight 2000g, height – 49cm. During the pregnancy the mother has been under the surveillance of a doctor. During the pregnancy the mother has fainted twice. No toxicosis, nor edemas. The mother took vitamins. Weight dynamic + 6kg. Ultrasonography (USG) of fetus was made once and breech position of fetus was found. After the delivery the child had increased muscle tone;
  • child had his first teeth at the age of 7 months. At the age of 9 months the boy rolls on both sides and rolls on the belly. At the age of 1 year and 2 months the child does not stand on his feet, stands on knees, grasps toys, is unstable when standing on feet – then jiggles;
  • child has been treated in a hospital:
  • 19.10.2006. – 14.11.2006. – premature birth?. Transient hypoglycemia. Jaundice of premature born child. Hematoma of the left side of gluteal region after breech delivery;
  • 19.10.2007. – 12.12.2007. – acute purulent meningoencephalitis of unclear etiology. Secondary acute obstructive hydrocephaly. State after ventricular drainage and ventriculoperitoneal shunting. Bilateral deafness. Bilateral hypermetropic astigmatism. Symptomatic epilepsy;
  • 01.04.2008. – 08.04.2008. – Surditas sensoneuralis bilateralis. Cochlear implant in the right side;
  • 08.09.2008. – 18.09.2008. – severe grade of bilateral sensorial hearing loss. Obstructive syndrome of hydrocephaly with ventriculoperitoneal shunt. Psychomotor development delay. Language development delay. Hypermetropia. Astigmatism;
  • final medical diagnoses – severe bilateral sensorial hearing loss of V grade. Child with cochlear implant. Transparietal ventriculoperitoneal shunt in the left side. Possible hydrocephaly of initial phase. Language development delay. Moderate mental retardation with significant behavioral changes. Hypermetropia. Astigmatism;
  • child has a disability status;
  • further necessary treatment – regular consultations in Children’s Hearing Center. Consultations of a psychiatrist, a neurologist, a speech therapist and an oculist;
  • by a court verdict parents were deprived of custody rights in July 2013. Father is addicted to alcohol and the mother has mental health issues. None of the parents have comprehension on children upbringing. Child has suffered from emotional abuse and negligence. Parents rarely visit their child in the out-of-family care institution, since child is placed in the institution parents have visited child twice. None of the other relatives show interest about child;
  • boy has a sister who has been adopted.

2.    2 sisters: oldest sister, born on January 23, 2002, and youngest sister, born on March 9, 2007:

  • the oldest sister is very responsive, kindhearted, helpful, diligent and friendly. She participates in lots of creative activities with a great interest. In school her grades are good and excellent. The girl attends dancing hobby group at the school. She would like to be adopted together with her sister;
  • child was born to 36 years old mother, from her 7th pregnancy, in the 6th delivery, with weight 3730g, height - 52cm. During the pregnancy the mother has not been under the surveillance of a doctor. There is no information about the pregnancy of the mother and prenatal and further development of the child;
  • final medical diagnosis - healthy;
  • further necessary treatment - not necessary;
  • the youngest sister is calm and smiley. She has speech problems, slightly delayed thinking and speaking skills. It is going to take some efforts to improve further successful development of the girl.
  • Physically she is well developed. The girl attends preschool educational institution. She wants to be adopted in the same family together with sister;
  • child was born to 41 year old mother, from her 8th pregnancy, in the 7th delivery, with weight 3220g, height - 50cm. During the pregnancy the mother has been under the surveillance of a doctor. There is no information about the pregnancy of the mother and prenatal and further development of the child;
  • final medical diagnosis - bronchial asthma - mild course;
  • further necessary treatment - not necessary;
  • in the end of summer 2013, children were given in a preadoption care and supervision, particular family later decided not to adopt children. Mutual contact between the family and the girls did not developed and as well the adoptive family observed that girls still are attached to some of their relatives;
  • by a court verdict the mother was deprived of custody rights in February 2013, the father deceased in May 2010. In the family children were not provided with a necessary upbringing for further development. The mother was not able to provide children with the necessary care, upbringing and education. Girls were dirty and had louses. The biological family's home was messy and dirty. The oldest sister and the youngest sister suffered from negligence, emotional and physical abuse. After the girls were taken out of the family they needed to receive social rehabilitation and psychological help. Girls received rehabilitation course in a Crisis Centre from October 11, 2010 till December 7, 2010. Afterwards sisters were placed in the foster family. In the foster family children were not provided with the appropriate care. Sisters suffered from emotional and physical abuse in the foster family. Mostly they suffered from emotional abuse because foster parents dissociated their ‘own children' from ‘foster children'. Sisters had to do lots of chores while the biological children did nothing. There was a situation when foster parents together with their children went to a shop and they left the girls outside the house on the street by telling the time when sisters should get back home. Girls were frozen and wandered around for several hours until neighbors noticed it and informed authorities. After experienced in the foster family, a psychologist of the out-of-family care institution has worked with the oldest sister and the youngest sister. Now sisters have successfully adjusted in the environment of the out-of-family care institution and a positive bonding with other children and with the employees of the institution has developed.
  • Since girls reside in the out-of-family care institution the mother has visited them 5 times. After these visitations sisters tell that the mother cuddles them, brings sweets, asks about school, promises to visit girls in a near future and asks what to bring next time. Sisters say that they have warm feelings towards the mother but at the same time they have a resentment and disbelieve that their mother can change for good. Sisters have strong affection towards their grandmother (the mother of the biological mother) and sister of the mother. They both have a host family status so the girls visit them time after time. The grandmother and the sister of the mother are aware that the girls are adoptable;
  • children have 1 older major stepsister and 1 older major sister.

 

3. Adopted

 

4. 2 sisters: oldest sister, born on July 12, 2003, and youngest stepsister, born on October 10, 2006:
  • children reside in a foster family since February 2011. Foster parents do not want to adopt children, considering that being a foster family is a mission to prepare children for adoption and their real future parents. Mutual relationship between the foster family and the girls are full of trust, kindness, sincerity and tenderness. Children understand what adoption would mean for them and they patiently wait for adoptive parents to arrive;
  • the oldest sister has green-brownish eyes and light brown hair, she has short-cut hair. The girl is kind-hearted, sincere, accurate and honest, sometimes she might become secluded. The girl tries to acquire scholastic skills, she prefers working together with an adult, though focuses for a short time. The girl sings, dances and does ceramics, reads books and recites poems very well. The girl attends regular school, she needs individual approach, the grade-level of the girl corresponds to her learning ability, she needs regular praising, comforting and encouragements. Rehabilitation of the girl has been successful, but she has some issues – enuresis, when memories from time in her biological family are being provoked. The girl needs to be taught strict borders and inner regulations of the family. She has affection towards her sister. The girl would like to go to a foreign country and have real parents. She wishes that in her new family there would be peaceful and sincere living conditions;
  • child was born to 27 years old mother, from her 2nd pregnancy, in the 2nd delivery, with weight 3970g, height – 56cm. There is no information on the pregnancy of the mother and perinatal development of the child. During the pregnancy the mother has been under the surveillance of a doctor;
  • child started to sit at the age of 7 months, to crawl – at the age of 9 months, to walk – at the age of 1 year, to speak syllables at the age of 1 year, first teeth at the age of 7 months;
  • final medical diagnoses – neurosis. Night enuresis. Phonematic disorders;
  • further necessary treatment – consultation of a neurologist and a speech therapy;
  • the youngest stepsister has brownish-blue eyes and dark brown hair. The girl is very kindhearted, loving, hearty, sensitive, sometimes she is stubborn and wayward. The girl likes to be occupied, enjoys doing chores, she chooses activities corresponding her age. The girl sings, dances and tries to acquire everything corresponding to her age. The girl attends a group for children with language development disorders at the preschool educational institution. She needs an individual approach, grade-level corresponds to her learning ability. The girl needs to be encouraged on a regular basis as she has a tendency to get indolent. Rehabilitation of the girl has been successful, when the girl was placed in the foster family she had pronounced sexualized behavior, currently her behavior and interests correspond to the age. The girl understands the meaning of the adoption, she would like to be adopted together with her sister;
  • child was born to 30 year old mother, from her 3rd pregnancy, in the 3rd delivery, with weight 3190g, height – 55cm. There is no information on the pregnancy and perinatal development of the child. During the pregnancy the mother has been under the surveillance of a doctor;
  • child started to sit at the age of 7 months, to crawl – at the age of 10 months, to walk independently – at the age of 11 months, to talk – at the age of 1 year and 2 months, first teeth at the age of 6 months;
  • final medical diagnoses – somatically healthy. Bronchial asthma in remission for 5 years. Neurotic reactions;
  • further necessary treatment – consultation of an allergist after necessity;
  • by a court verdict the father of the youngest sister and the mother of children were deprived of custody rights in June 2012, father of the oldest sister deceased in October 2004. Children have suffered from negligence, emotional and physical abuse in the family. Possibly children have suffered from sexual abuse, it expressed in the foster family were the girls reside, criminal proceedings have been initiated. Parents (the mother and the father of the youngest sister) extensively consumed alcohol and were mutually abusive to each other, they did not have permanent job, nor income and there were unsanitary conditions in their place of residence. The mother together with children were placed in the crisis center, but the mother left it. The mother’s alcohol addiction has decreased, though she is co-dependent to her civil-partner who is an alcoholic. Since custody right deprivation, the mother does not show interest about her children. Several specialists are still working with the girls. None of the other relatives have shown interest to take children in their care;
  • the oldest sister has 1 older major sister and 1 older major brother. Girls have 1 older sister who is in a guardianship. The decision by the Orphan’s Court on separation of the children in case of adoption has been made.

 

5. 3 brothers: oldest brother, born on December 8, 2006, middle brother, born on October 8, 2008, and youngest brother, born on June 23, 2010 (included in the list repeatedly):

  • the oldest brother resides in a foster family since November 2010, the middle and the youngest brother reside in the same foster family since December 2010. Foster parents do not want to adopt children;
  • the oldest brother has grayish-blue eyes and light brown hair. The boy is sensitive, emotional and diligent. He is very dapper, helps doing chores, loves machinery and he likes tractors. The boy is not hyperactive, he is a regular, active child. The boy has learning issues, particularly he has difficulties to memorize, so he needs to repeat material for several times until he remembers it by heart. The boy now attends 1st grade at the school and if the boy will catch up with taught material, he is going to attend 2nd  grade next year, though he might repeatedly attend 1st grade or even a correction class if it will be the best for him, currently it is difficult to predict something more. The boy has not been recommended to undergo Pedagogical Medical Commission. He has language development delay and the possible reason for it could be that in the foster family everyone talks in Latgallian dialect, the majority of classmates at the school are Russian-speaking, while the Latvian is the study language at the school, the boy might be confused due to it. The boy is open, able to construct sentences and to tell stories, language development delay is not so significant. The boy does not attend speech therapist. The boy gladly plays with his younger brothers, he feels affection towards them. In conversations the boy has expressed a wish to live in a family, he would like to have new mom and dad and in the new family the boy would like to live together with his brothers;
  • child was born to 18 years old mother, from her 2nd  pregnancy, in her 2nd delivery, in the 38th week of pregnancy, with weight 3000g, height – 50cm. During the pregnancy the mother was monitored by a doctor. There is no other information on the mother’s pregnancy;
  • child started to sit at the age of 8 months, to crawl at the age of 9 months, to walk independently at the age of 17 months, to talk at the age of 2 years, first teeth at the age of 6 months. Physical development delay (low weight) until the age of 1 year;
  • the child has been treated in a hospital:
  • 08.12.2009. – 06.01.2010. – open skull fracture with impression, epidural hematoma, cerebral contusion, subarachnoid bleed;
  • 12.04.2010. – 26.04.2010. – parietal skull fracture with impression. Cranial impression highlighting, evacuation of epidural hematoma. 14.04.2010. – closing of cranial defect;
  • child has been consulted by:
  • neurologist (16.05.2012.) – healthy;
  • speech therapist (23.05.2012.) – insufficient development of language system II (on the basis of developmental delay);
  • medical diagnosis – language development delay;
  • the middle brother has light brown eyes and brown hair. The boy loves animals, he is able to forgive, does not stay angry for a long time and he helps out in doing chores. The boy is diligent in kindergarten lessons. He has significant language development delay. The boy has started to talk only since summer 2013, before that he answered to questions by saying yes and no. The boy avoids talking, so if there is such an opportunity, he prefers not to talk. The boy does not attend speech therapist. Physically the boy is normally developed, his biological mother is also petite, possibly his height is hereditary, physically nothing much below normal is not observed for the boy. With other kindergarten students the boy communicates well, he is playing like other children, possibly the boy lacks individual attention which would be required (in the group there are 24-30 children). The boy would like to be adopted;
  • child was born to the 20 years old mother, from her 3rd  pregnancy, in the 3rd delivery, with weight 2580g, height – 45cm, during the pregnancy the mother was not monitored by a doctor. There is no information about the pregnancy of the mother;
  • child started to sit at the age of 8 months, to crawl at the age of 10 months, to walk independently at the age of 13 months, to talk at the age of 2,5 years, first teeth at the age of 7,5 months. Physical development delay (low weight) until the age of 1 year, the weight at 1 year of age – 8500g;
  • child has been consulted by a speech therapist (23.05.2012.) – insufficient development of language system grade I (on the basis of developmental delay);
  • medical diagnoses – language development delay. Physical development delay;
  • the youngest brother has light blue eyes and light brown hair. The boy quickly finds contact with others, he is friendly and very quick. He acquires new skills easily. The boy likes cars and tractors. He feels lonely when older brothers are away in at the school or at the kindergarten. The boy speaks very well and only in Latgallian. The boy is slightly smaller than average, but there is nothing extraordinary about that;
  • the child was born to 22 years old mother, from her 4th  pregnancy, in the 4th delivery, with weight 2900g, height – 50cm, during the pregnancy the mother was monitored by the doctor. There are no data on perinatal development of the child;
  • the child started to sit at the age of 9 months, to walk independently at the age of 13 months, until June 2012 the child did not talk. Until the age of 1 year child was under the surveillance of a neurologist – perinatal encephalopathy with increased muscle tone. Physical development delay;
  • child has been treated in a hospital from 09.08.2010. till 25.08.2010. – hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy with muscle hypertension, umbilical hernia;
  • child has been consulted by the neurologist (16.05.2012.)  – expressive language development disorders;
  • medical diagnosis – somatically healthy;
  • by a court verdict parents were deprived of custody rights in March 2012. There were found dangerous conditions for the life and health of the children in their biological family, parents were severely drunk – behaved inadequate, loud and defiantly, no one looked after the children. Parents have alcohol consumption problems. The oldest brother has suffered from physical abuse. During the fight between other persons’ the oldest brother got a cranial trauma by falling. Parents visited children in the end of 2011, then the middle brother did not recognize his parents;
  • children have 2 stepbrothers who are in the care of the mother and 1 younger stepbrother who resides separately in another foster family since December 2011. The decision of Orphan’s Court on separation of the children in case of adoption has been made.

 

6. Adopted

 

7. Adopted

 

8. Adopted

 

9. Adopted

 

10. Sister - in the process of adoption

2 siblings: older sister, born on March 10, 2006, and younger brother, born on July 29, 2007:

  • children reside in a foster family since December 2009. The foster family does not want to adopt children;
  • older sister has grey eyes, light brown, wavy hair. In September 2013 the girl started to attend specialized boarding school for children with learning difficulties. She has bad memory and therefore she has difficulties to repeat what she has learned. At the same time she is very diligent, but little bit slow. The girl has very good character - she is very helpful and compassionate. Gladly helps to tidy up a room, to put toys in order, as well as she likes to help her brothers. The girl likes to draw, dance and sing. Her self-service skills in the foster family have improved. The girl has also finished speech therapy and does not have any speech problems anymore. The girl needs time to fit in and open in a new society. The adopters should take into account that the girl needs to be praised if she has done something well, adopters should not be intrusive, but to make contact with the girl gradually. The girl has urinary incontinence during night sleep, she has finished 3-months medical treatment, which has improved the situation and the problem occurs less frequently. She had an incident when her older brother touched her and her brother's intimate organs and the girl did not object to it. This has not reoccurred because the girl's older brother is currently staying in the hospital for already 7 months and the girl has forgotten all about it and no consequences of the event in her behaviour have been noticed. The girl has a moderate disorder of acquiring new skills and knowledge, self-care and social integration problems;
  • child was born to 20 years old mother, from her 2nd pregnancy, in her 2nd delivery, with weight 3010g, height - 49cm. The mother was not monitored by a doctor during the pregnancy;
  • child has suffered from:
  • in 2009 - acute gastroenteritis. Emotional disturbance. F93.8 (other childhood emotional disturbances). J20 (acute bronchitis);
  • in 2009 and 2010 - neurogenic urinary incontinence;
  • in 2010 - acute respiratory viral illness. Acute respiratory viral illness with exanthem;
  • in 2012 - J02 (acute faringitis). J20 (acute bronchitis);
  • child has been treated in a hospital from 13.03.2006. till 24.03.2006. - congenital heart disease. Coarctation of aorta, open arterial cord. Cardiovascular failure stage III, surgery on March 15, 2006 (surgery results good);
  • child has been consulted by:
  • neurologist (19.06.2010.) - overactive bladder. Day and night urinary incontinence;
  • speech therapist (26.03.2012.) - vocabulary of household level. Does not pronounce correctly several sounds (r, l, k and g);
  • cardiologist - (26.04.2007.) - state after surgery of coarctation of aorta in March 2006;
  • psychological research of the child's intellectual abilities (13.12.2012.) - intellectual level corresponds to a mild mental retardation (IQ range from 50 to 69). Visual-spatial abilities developed slightly better than verbal abilities. A new learning process is slow and difficult;
  • final medical diagnoses - state after surgery of congenital heart disease, coarctation of aorta, open arterial cord, cardiovascular failure stage III. Urinary incontinence. Moderate disorder of acquiring new skills and knowledge, self-care and social integration problems;
  • further necessary treatment - neurologist treatment regimen. Learning according to specialized curriculum;
  • younger brother has grey eyes and light brown hair. The boy is very good by character, humorous, curious (in learning), impulsive, full of creative ingenuity and active. He likes to dismantle, disrupt everything and then to try to put it back. He likes to play and throw a ball, to exercise, to run and draw, to ride a bicycle. He also likes to boss his sister sometimes. The boy needs reassurance that everything is fine, therefore he often holds to foster mother's hand. His relationship with foster mother is full of humour and joy. He is friendly with other children but sometimes during some games some inner aggressiveness is still noticeable. The boy behaves well in society. He is sometimes rather lazy but at the same time he has duties that he does every day, e.g. he makes his bed. He also helps his foster mother with other household chores. The boy attends kindergarten group for children with speech problems, he has unclear pronunciation. It is planned that the boy will attend remedial gymnastics due to disorder of movement coordination, he still has slight instability of posture. The adopters should take into account that the boy needs a lot of encouragement and appraisal if he has done something well, only in that way the boy will accept the adopters. The boy does not like legumes. The boy used to have day and night urinary incontinence and also encopresis, but currently the situation has improved and he has only urinary incontinence during night sometimes;
  • child was born to 21 year old mother, from her 3rd pregnancy, in her 3rd delivery, with weight 3940g, height - 54cm. Mother was not monitored by a doctor during the pregnancy;
  • child has been treated in a hospital:
  • 12.09.2007. - 20.09.2007. - cow's milk protein intolerance, atopic dermatitis with secondary infection, erysipelas. Nutrition problems due to inadequate eating;
  • 05.10.2010. - lingva fixata partialis. Surgery on the plastic of tongue;
  • 05.10.2011. - 07.10.2011. - esotropia congenita. V syndrome. OU astigmatismus hypermetropicus. Surgery (06.10.2011.) of OU recessio m. rectus medialis 5 mm, OU recessio m.oblicus inferior 4+4 mm;
  • 17.10.2012. - 24.10.2012. - moderate form of bronchial asthma, persistent form, the outbreak period. Bilateral pneumonia, resorption phase. Nocturnal enuresis. Mild mental retardation;
  • 28.01.2013. - acute respiratory viral infection;
  • 26.02.2013. - 28.02.2013. - acute respiratory illness. Acute rhinitis. Otitis media bilateralis. Bronchial asthma, moderate, persistent, uncontrolled pace, the outbreak period. Nocturnal enuresis. Rotavirus gastroenteritis;
  • child has been consulted by:
  • ENT (July 2011) - hearing in norm;
  • oculist (13.11.2009.) - OU astigmatism hypermetropica. Esotropia;
  • neurologist (19.06.2010.) - cerebral dysfunction. Disorder of movement coordination;
  • neurologist (27.05.2011.) - language development delay. Psychomotor development delay;
  • speech therapist (02.12.2011.) - language system underdevelopment, level III;
  • echocardioscopy (03.06.2009.) - anatomically normal heart;
  • final medical diagnosis - moderate disorder of acquiring new skills and knowledge, self-care and social integration problems. Bronchial asthma, moderate pace. Nocturnal enuresis;
  • further necessary treatment - neurologist treatment regimen. The child takes medicine on regular basis for asthma;
  • by a court verdict the mother and the father were deprived of custody rights in November 2011. Children were neglected, they did not get age-appropriate care. After children's placement in a foster family, a reasonable suspicion revealed that the sister and the brother have been sexually abused by their biological father, the psychologist's opinion is received, children have completed rehabilitation course. The criminal proceeding against the biological father of the children's sexual abuse is initiated;
  • children have 1 older minor brother, who is in the same foster family as older sister and brother (currently in a hospital for 7 months already due to diagnosis of moderate mental retardation), 1 younger minor sister who is in a different foster family and 1 younger minor stepsister, who is in the care of her parents. The decision by the Orphan's Court on separation of the children in case of adoption has been made.

 

11. Not adoptable

 

If there is information at your disposal on family or person who complies with the requirements stated in article 15 of the Convention and who would be interested to become personally acquainted with any of these children or obtain additional information, we kindly ask to inform the Ministry by February 24, 2014.

In addition we would like to inform that due to the fact that the information on the children is provided simultaneously to Central Authorities and accredited bodies of several countries, the information on the child will be provided after February 24, 2014 to the institution representing the family or individual, and, if requested by more than one institution, in accordance with the order of the adoption file submission.

 

Deputy State Secretary                                                                                   I.Alliks

 

Bočkāne 67021619

beate.bockane@lm.gov.lv

Sergejeva 67021619

kristine.sergejeva@lm.gov.lv