Child adoption benefit
From 1 July 2019, adopters have rights to a new state social benefit – child adoption benefit (hereinafter – the benefit).
The adopters whose permanent residence is in Latvia, who have been allocated a personal identity number and whose adopted children have been allocated a personal identity number have rights to receive the benefit.
The benefit is granted for each adopted child to one of the child’s parents who has adopted and is raising a child who has been in out-of-family care prior to the adoption (in an institution, in guardianship, in a foster family) and whose adopted children have not reached the age of 18 years as at 1 July 2019, regardless of when the court ruling on approval of the adoption has become effective.
For example, if an adopted child has not yet reached legal age on 1 July 2019, then both the parent who has adopted the child already before the mentioned date and the parent who will adopt the child later have rights to receive the benefit for the child.
The benefit is not granted if the other spouse’s child is adopted. This benefit is also not granted to those adopters who have received a temporary residence permit to live in Latvia.
The benefit is granted in accordance with Section 82 of the Law on State Social Allowances and the Cabinet Regulations No.177 of 23.04.2019 “Procedure of Granting and Paying Child Adoption Benefit” (becomes effective on 01.07.2019).
Claiming the benefit
An application to grant the benefit needs to be submitted.
An application addressed to a department of the State Social Insurance Agency (SSIA), using the standard form (Application to Grant Child Adoption Benefit), or a request written in free form can be submitted:
in presence – at any SSIA client service centre;
by post – by sending a filled in application form to the SSIA Riga City Zemgale Department: Mārupes Street 1, Riga, LV-1002;
electronically – by sending an application signed with a secure electronic signature to the e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org
The person claiming the benefit certifies with their signature that the information provided in the application is true.
If SSIA does not have information available about approval of adoption, the claiming person needs to present a court judgment or hand in a certified copy of it in presence at any SSIA department, or send a certified copy of the judgment to the SSIA Zemgale Department by post.
Granting and payment of the benefit
If the court judgment has become effective on 1 July 2019 or later – the benefit is granted from the day when the court judgment on approval of adoption becomes effective.
If the court judgment has become effective before 1 July 2019 – the benefit is granted from 1 July 2019.
From the day of being granted, the benefit is paid monthly until the adopted child reaches the age of 18 years.
A court judgment on approval of adoption has become effective on 20 March 2015. As at 1 July 2019, the adopted child is 6 years old. Child adoption benefit can be received from 1 July 2019 until the child turns 18 years old.
A court judgment on approval of adoption has become effective on 20 September 2019. The adopted child is 2 years old. Child adoption benefit can be received from 20 September 2019 until the child turns 18 years old.
A court judgment on approval of adoption has become effective on 20 March 2000. Up to 1 July 2019, the adopted child has already reached the age of 18 years. In such case the child adoption benefit is not granted because the adopted child is already of legal age.
SSIA will pay the benefit for the period from 1 July 2019 no later than until 1 October 2019. That means that the granted benefit for the entire period from the day of being granted will get paid no later than until 1 October, and further on regular monthly payment of the benefit will follow.
For example, if the benefit is granted from 1 July, then the benefit for July, August and September, namely for all three months, will be paid in September. After that – regularly, one a month.
Amount of the benefit
The amount of the benefit per month is equal to the minimum amount of maintenance established for each child:
from the child’s birth until reaching the age of 7 years – 107.50 euro (25% of the established minimum monthly salary, i.e. of 430 euro).
from the moment of reaching the age of 7 years until reaching the age of 18 years – 129 euro (30% of the established minimum monthly salary, i.e., of 430 euro).
Time-limit for claiming the benefit
An application to grant the benefit must be submitted within 6 months from the moment the rights arise. If the benefit is claimed later, it will be granted only for the previous 6 months, counting from the day of claiming the benefit.
A court judgment on approval of adoption of a 3 years old child has become effective on 10 September 2008. An application to receive child adoption benefit is submitted by the parent to SSIA on 15 March 2020. The child adoption benefit will be granted from 15 September 2019, namely, for the previous 6 months.
Time-limit for granting the benefit
A decision on granting the benefit or on rejection to grant the benefit is to be taken within one month from the moment when a SSIA department has received a request to grant the application.
Receiving the benefit
The benefit is remitted free-of-charge to the receiver’s account in a credit institution or postal payment system (PPS).
Other SSIA benefits
After approval of adoption, the adopted child gains the legal status of a child born into a marriage both in personal and property relations. Therefore, the adopter has rights also to all other regularly payable benefits granted to a person who is actually raising and taking care of a child:
Family state benefit and supplements to the family state benefit
In case of raising a child with special needs:
Benefit for compensation of transport expenses
Disabled child care benefit
State benefit for the children suffering from celiac disease
Child adoption benefit is paid at the same time as other benefits that are granted to the adopter for raising and taking care of a child.
Good to know
In cases when the person requesting the benefit does not have a court judgment on approval of adoption at his/her disposal and SSIA does not have such information available either, the parents need to turn to the orphan’s and custody court or the court that approved the adoption.