Ever more families with adopted children and adult foster children from Lithuania are searching for their biological relatives in Lithuania, 15min.lt reported on 4 August.
According to the data of the State Service for the Protection of Children’s Rights and Adoption, during the seven months of this year 15 requests have been received asking to help adoptees find their birth parents, brothers, sisters or other relatives, to provide information about their or their relatives’ adoption and to help foster-parents get in touch with adoptees’ biological siblings and other relatives.
Throughout the past year, there were 19 such requests in total, 16 in 2009 and 8 in 2008.
The organisation announced that foster-parents from Australia, Italy, USA, Germany and other countries, Lithuania-based relatives of foster-children and adult foster-children not only from our country, but also from Armenia and Georgia approached it with corresponding requests.
More than half of these cases consist of foster-parents’ requests to find biological mothers, sisters or brothers of the adopted Lithuanians or at least to give information about them. Often, information about biological mothers has been requested by teenage foster-daughters. It was important for them to know not only how their biological mothers live, but also their height, hair color, etc.
Relatives of adopted children still living in Lithuania (mostly biological siblings, cousins, and sometimes birth mothers) also applied to the service asking for information about the children and help getting in touch with them.
With mediation from Adoption Service direct communication can be established, provided it has been agreed upon by both sides; alternatively, contact can be maintained via the service.
With this kind of help from Adoption Service one man managed to find seven brothers and sisters who he had known nothing about until then.