MPs want to raise minimum age for guest family stay abroad

Vita Anstrate - LSM

According to this article, the Latvian government is seeking to raise the minimum age at which children living in institutions in the country can be sent abroad to stay with a "host family" in the US. The article reports that, currently, children under the age of seven have been sent abroad in these host programs. The Welfare Ministry's proposed law would raise the minimum age to twelve. "The ministry also wants to introduce a norm that explicitly states foreigners taking care of children abroad would not be prioritized when decisions concerning adoption are made," says the article. MPs are currently considering the proposal.