Remuneration for the care of an adopted child

The following persons are entitled to receive the state social security allowance – remuneration for adoption of a child – citizens and non-citizens of Latvia, foreigners and stateless persons, who have been assigned a personal identity number, living in Latvia.

People who have received a temporary residence permit in Latvia are not entitled to receive the remuneration.

The remuneration is granted to the adopter, after the court judgment on approval of the adoption comes into force. Remuneration for adoption of a child is paid for each child, who has been in out-of-family care (in an institution of out-of-family care, a foster family, living with a guardian). The remuneration is not granted, if a person has adopted a child of his/her spouse.

The remuneration is granted according to Section 81 of the Law on State Social Allowances and Cabinet Regulation No. 1533 of 22 December 2009 “Procedures for the Granting and Disbursement of Remuneration for Adoption of a Child”.

The benefits’ claiming rules

Grounds for awarding the allowance:

  • Application for receiving the allowance.

An application you can submit in one of the divisions of the State Social Insurance Agency (SSIA):

  • personally or as electronic document, in accordance with the legal regulation of the processing of the electronic documents;
  • sent by post or submit by a notary authorized person’s intermediation.

When applying for the allowance by post or e-mail application form in the webpage of the State Social Insurance Agency can be used or a free text application.

By signing the application, the person requesting the benefit confirms that the information provided in the application is accurate.

The court that has approved the adoption shall notify the SSIA about it within three business days after the judgment coming into force.

The allowance may be requested through an authorised person, provided that the representation rights have been granted in accordance with Article 38 Paragraph one of the Administrative Procedure Law. Representation of a natural person shall be drawn up as a notarised power of attorney, or a natural person may authorise his or her representative at the VSAA office, if both the representative and the authorising person are present.

The rates of the benefits

The amount of the remuneration for adoption of a child is 1422.87 euros.

Time for claiming

The documents for granting of the remuneration must be submitted within 6 months after the day, when the adoption is approved.

Time for decision

Decision on granting of the benefit is made within a month after the department of the SSIA has received all the documents and other information necessary to grant the allowance.

Receipt of the benefit

The remuneration for adoption of a child is transferred to the recipient’s account in a credit institution or a postal account system free of charge.

Published date: [10.07.2019]