Foster family allowance

Citizens, non-citizens, foreigners and stateless persons residing in Latvia and having a personal identity number with children in his/her guardianship who have been assigned a personal identification number are entitled to receive consideration for performing custodian’s duties

The allowance is not granted to persons with temporary residence permits.

Consideration is granted to a member of the foster family (a person), which has acquired the status of a foster family and which according to the resolution of the orphan’s court and the agreement between the municipality and the foster family has been fostered a child for a period of at least one month.

Consideration is not granted to foster families which have acquired the status of a specialized foster family.

The allowance is granted according to Section 11 of the Law on State Social Allowances and Cabinet Regulation No. 1549 of 22 December 2009 Procedures for the Granting and Disbursement of the Remuneration for the Fulfilment of Foster Family Duties.

The consideration’ 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 www.vsaa.gov.lv 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.

Information on fostering a child to a foster family is provided to VSAA by the respective orphan’s court, which has made the decision on fostering a child, and the respective municipality, which has concluded an agreement with the foster family on the fostering of a child.

The rates of the consideration

The amount of consideration for performing custodian’s duties depends on the number of foster children in the foster family:

  • per one child placed in the foster family – EUR 171 per month;
  • per two children placed in the foster family – EUR 222,30 per month;
  • per three and more childrenEUR 273,60 per month.

If the number of children in the foster family changes the amount of consideration is recalculated.

If the number of children in the foster family increases the amount of consideration is adjusted from the day when the child is placed in the foster family. In turn, if the number of foster children decreases the amount of consideration is adjusted from the first day of the month following the month when the orphan’s court takes a decision on the termination of the placement of the child in the foster family.

Time for claiming

Documents for the granting of the allowance shall be submitted within 6 months after a child was fostered according to a decision by an orphan’s court and an agreement between a municipality and a foster family.

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 consideration

Allowance for the fulfilment of foster family duties is transferred to the beneficiary’s bank account or an account of the Postal Accounting System (PAS).

Good to know

From 1 January 2018

For foster parents, who receive consideration for performing custodian’s duties and who are not socially insured persons (for instance, they are not employed or self-employed), social insurance contributions are made for pension insurance, disability insurance and unemployment insurance.

Published date: [20.12.2018]