RIGA - The Saeima Human Rights and Public Affairs Committee on Wednesday endorsed a moratorium on international adoptions until a new regulation is provided.
Authorities in charge of this sphere are expected to draft respective legislative amendments and submit them to the Saeima committee by March 9. On March 10, the committee might decide on forwarding the bill to Saeima, according to the committee's chairman Artuss Kaimins.
At Wednesday's meeting, the Saeima committee also noted the possibility of working out a stricter regulation for international adoptions, which would either ban such adoptions altogether or provide a very strict procedure for exceptional cases. Decisions on such exceptions would be made by the Cabinet of Ministers or a government commission.
According to the Welfare Ministry's data, 1,925 children have been adopted by foreigners since 2003. Half of them ended up living in the U.S.
Last year, foreigners adopted 42 children in Latvia, the smallest number since 2003.