State Child Rights Protection and Adoption Service under the Ministry of Social Security and Labour ensures the compliance with the provisions of Lithuanian legislation and international treaties to which the Republic of Lithuania is a contracting party, which regulate adoption.
Service collects, analyses and protects information about adoption; about children, previously permanent residents of the Republic of Lithuania, who have been adopted by the citizens of the Republic of Lithuania and by foreign nationals; about children who are nationals of the Republic of Lithuania and who permanently reside abroad, and about children who are not citizens of the Republic of Lithuania but who permanently reside in the Republic of Lithuania and are in the need of personal protection or of protection of their property; about children taken away in violation of the rights of guardianship; about children who are not citizens of the Republic of Lithuania but who are placed under the guardianship in Lithuania; about children who are citizens of the Republic of Lithuania and who become deprived of parental care abroad; and about children who are considered to be placed in the Republic of Lithuania.
In pursuance of the greater protection of children at risk in cross-frontier situations and in order to develop better communication with other States in respect of children’s rights protection, Lithuania is a party to many important international law instruments.
State Child Rights Protection and Adoption Service under the Ministry of Social Security and Labour is acting as the central authority of the Republic of Lithuania within the framework of:
- The Hague Convention of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in respect of Intercountry Adoption;
- The Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 concerning the Powers of Authorities and the Law Applicable in respect of the Protection of Minors, for the matters referred to in Article 11(1);
- The Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction;
- The Hague Convention of 19 October 1996 on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Recognition, Enforcement and Co-operation in respect of Parental Responsibility and Measures for the Protection of Children, for the matters referred to in Articles 8, 9 and 33;
- The Council Regulation (EC) No 2201/2003 of 27 November 2003 concerning Jurisdiction and the Recognition and Enforcement of Judgments in Matrimonial Matters and the Matters of Parental Responsibility, repealing Regulation (EC) No 1347/2000, for the matters referred to in Articles 55 and 56.
- The UN Convention of 20 November 1989 on the Rights of the Child;
- The European Convention of 20 May 1980 on Recognition and Enforcement of Decisions concerning Custody of Children and on Restoration of Custody of Children;
- The European Convention of 15 October 1975 on the Legal Status of the Children Born out of Wedlock;
- The ILO Convention of 17 June 1999 on the Worst Forms of Child Labour;
- The Hague Convention of 2 October 1973 on the Law Applicable to Maintenance Obligations;
- The Hague Convention of 2 October 1973 on the Recognition and Enforcement of Decisions Relating to Maintenance Obligations.
Lithuania has signed agreements on legal assistance in civil, family and criminal matters with the following States: Kazakhstan, Armenia, Russian Federation, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Byelorussia, Poland, Moldova, Uzbekistan, Latvia and Estonia.
State Child Rights Protection and Adoption Service is also a member of an international NGO founded in 1924 - the International Social Service (ISS). Today a network of national entities and a General Secretariat that assist children and families confronted with complex social problems as a result of migration. Thanks to its presence in more than 120 countries, ISS is a global actor promoting child protection and welfare. In addition to its work on the ground, ISS undertakes training projects, awareness raising and advocacy work in an effort to better respect children's rights.
ISS support and helps approximately 75,000 families in the world each year.
State Child Rights Protection and Adoption services has close cooperation with Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Lithuania and Council of the Baltic Sea States by exchanging good practice and experiences. As a result of international cooperation with Nordic Council of Ministers to the Lithuanian child rights specialist was introduced „Avatar based interview training“ by Pär Stihl, the innovator of the model. Avatar based interview training (AvBIT) is a new method to train sensitive interviews and conversations with a child avatar through the computer screen. The service is web-based and developed at the Institute of Police Education, Linnaeus University, Sweden. The model will be presented by Pär Stihl who has long experience as a police officer and crime investigator around crimes towards children. He is also the innovator of the model and educates police officers in interview training at Linnaeus University.