Lithuania Fast Facts:
- 2011 adoptions: 20 children
- Hague Accredited: No
- Profile of Children: 73% of adopted children are female (2010); 60% are five years or older.
- Parent Ages: Parents must be at least 18 years older than the child. In practice, parents over age 50 can't adopt.
- Family Status: Married couples preferred. In some cases, singles may adopt special-needs children (children eight years or older or with severe medical issues).
- Timeline: Once potential parents are matched, which can take up to several years, the court requires a 40-day waiting period after it approves the adoption.
The U.S. embassies in both Poland and Lithuania are involved in U.S. adoption from Lithuania. Lithuania has rigorous health requirements for adopting parents. Drug and alcohol addiction, tuberculosis, and mental illnesses, for example, may disqualify potential parents.
For more information, visit www.adoption.state.gov. View photos and get parent-to-parent advice in our online community, www.adoptivefamilies
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