REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA                                          
                               LAW                                              
                                                                                
                               ON                                               
          THE AMENDMENT OF THE MARRIAGE AND FAMILY CODE                         
                  OF THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA                                  
                                                                                
                                                                                
     To amend  the Marriage  and Family  Code of  the Republic of               
Lithuania:                                                                      
                                                                                
                                                                                
     1. Chapter 14 to be read as follows:                                       
                                                                                
                           "CHAPTER 14                                          
                            ADOPTION                                            
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 108. Children Eligible for Adoption                                
                                                                                
     It shall  only be  permitted to adopt children who are under               
18 years  of age (hereinafter referred to as minors) and provided               
that said adoption is in the best interest of the child.  Only in               
exceptional cases  shall it  be permitted  to adopt  children  by               
separating siblings.                                                            
     Children may  not  be  adopted  by  their  natural  parents,               
grandparents, sisters, or brothers.                                             
     Adopted children  shall only  be permitted  to be adopted by               
the spouses of their adoptive parents.                                          
                                                                                
     Article 109. Persons Entitled to Adopt Children                            
                                                                                
     Citizens of either sex who are over the age of 18 may become               
adoptive parents.                                                               
     Spouses (spouse)  may adopt  children, while persons who are               
not legally married may not adopt the same child together.                      
     Persons who  are not  eligible to  become  adoptive  parents               
include:                                                                        
     1)  persons   who  are   recognized  by   court  as  legally               
incompetent or of  limited capability;                                          
     2) married  couples if  one spouse  has been  recognized  as               
legally incompetent  or of limited capability;                                  
     3) persons who have been deprived of parental rights; and                  
     4) adoptive  parents through  whose fault  adoption has been               
annulled.                                                                       
     If several  persons wish  to adopt  the same child, priority               
shall be  given to:                                                             
     1) relatives;                                                              
     2) spouses;                                                                
     3) persons adopting siblings;                                              
     4) citizens of the Republic of Lithuania;                                  
     5) persons  who are  adopting  their  spouse's  children  or               
adoptive children;                                                              
     6) persons  who are  raising and supporting a child in their               
family.                                                                         
                                                                                
     Article 110. Age Difference between the Adopter and the                    
                Adoptee                                                         
                                                                                
     The age  difference between adopters who are not married and               
their  respective adoptees must be at least fifteen years.                      
     When adopting  the children or adopted children of a spouse,               
the age   difference  established in  part 1  hereof shall not be               
requisite.                                                                      
     Upon establishing  reasons which  are recognized by court as               
significant,   adoption  shall  be  permitted  even  if  the  age               
                                                                                
difference between the  adopter and the adoptee is less than that               
provided for in part 1 hereof.                                                  
                                                                                
     Article 111. Health Certificates of Adopters and Adoptees                  
                                                                                
     A health  certificate of  the adopter and the adoptee issued               
by the  Ministry of Health of the Republic of Lithuania according               
to the  established   procedure shall  be required  when  seeking               
adoption.                                                                       
                                                                                
     Article 112. Parental Consent to the Adoption of a Child                   
                                                                                
     In order  to adopt, written consent from the child's parents               
shall  be required.                                                             
     In order  to adopt  a child  who was  born out of wedlock to               
parents   who were  not yet of age, written consent from both the               
child's parents    and  their  lawful  representatives  shall  be               
required.                                                                       
     Parents shall have the right to withdraw their given consent               
to adoption   until  the court  decision concerning  adoption  is               
passed.                                                                         
     Parents may  give their  consent for  a specific  person  to               
adopt or without  indicating who the adopter shall be.                          
     Parents who give their consent to adoption shall be informed               
of the  consequences of  adoption provided  for in Article 120 of               
this  Code and shall sign to confirm their knowledge thereof.                   
                                                                                
     Article 113. Adoption without Parental Consent                             
                                                                                
     Parental consent to adoption shall not be required if:                     
     1) the parents are unknown;                                                
     2) the  parents have  been deprived of their parental rights               
to the child;                                                                   
     3) the  parents have  been recognized as legally incompetent               
or of limited  capability, or if they are declared to be missing;               
     4)  the   parents,  for   reasons  recognized  by  court  as               
insignificant,   have not  lived with the child for more than one               
year and avoid their  duty to raise and maintain the child; and                 
     5) the  parents  have  given  advance  consent  to  adoption               
without  indicating a specific adopter.                                         
                                                                                
     Article 114. Consent to Adoption by Foster Homes, Guardians,               
                and State, Public, and Other                                    
               Children's     Institutions                                      
                                                                                
     In adopting  children who are being raised and maintained in               
foster  homes, the written consent of the foster parents shall be               
required.                                                                       
     In adopting  children who  have a guardian and whose parents               
are unknown,   the  written consent  of  the  guardian  shall  be               
required.                                                                       
     If a  guardian refuses  to give consent to adoption, consent               
to adoption  may be given by a guardianship institution.                        
     In adopting  children whose  parents are unknown and who are               
being raised   in state, public or other children's institutions,               
the written  consent   of the  head of  said institution  must be               
given.                                                                          
     The court shall have the right to pass a decision concerning               
adoption   without the  consent of  the child's  foster  parents,               
guardian, head   of  the respective  children's  institution,  or               
guardianship institution    if  said  adoption  is  in  the  best               
interest of the child.                                                          
                                                                                
     Article 115. Adoptee's Consent to Adoption                                 
                                                                                
     In order  to adopt  a child  who is  over the age of 15, the               
child's written  consent to said adoption shall be required.                    
     Children who  are over  10 years of age shall be entitled to               
be heard  in court concerning their adoption.                                   
     The adoptee's  consent to adoption shall not be required if,               
upon filing   the  petition for  adoption and  upon the adopter's               
request to  be recognized   as  the child's  parent, the child is               
living with  said adopter's  family  and considers the adopter to               
be his or her parent.                                                           
     An adoptee's  consent to adoption set forth in part 1 hereof               
shall  be interpreted by the court.                                             
                                                                                
     Article 116. Consent to Adoption of the Spouse of the                      
                  Adopter                                                       
                                                                                
     If a child is to be adopted by a married person, the written               
consent  of adopter's spouse must be given.                                     
     Consent to  adoption of  the adopter's  spouse shall  not be               
required   if the  couple has  not been  living together for more               
than one  year   for reasons deemed by court to be insignificant,               
or if the location  of said spouse is declared to be unknown.                   
                                                                                
     Article 117. Filing of the Petition for Adoption                           
                                                                                
     Citizens of  the Republic  of Lithuania shall file petitions               
for adoption  in a district court according to their own place of               
residence or the  adoptee's place of residence.                                 
     Foreign nationals  shall file petitions to adopt citizens of               
the Republic   of Lithuania residing in the Republic of Lithuania               
or in  a foreign   state  to the Supreme Court of the Republic of               
Lithuania.                                                                      
     Petitions for  adoption shall  be investigated  by the court               
according  to special proceedings.                                              
                                                                                
     Article 118. Recognition of Adopters as Adoptive Parents                   
                  or Parents                                                    
                                                                                
     Adopters shall  be recognized  as adoptive  parents  by  the               
court's decision  concerning the adoption.                                      
     In order to recognize the adopter of a child who is over the               
age of   15  as the  parent thereof,  the written  consent of the               
child must be  given except in the case provided for in part 3 of               
Article 115 of  this Code.                                                      
                                                                                
     Article 119. Recognition of Adoptees as Adopted Children                   
                  or Children                                                   
                                                                                
     An adoptee shall be considered to be an adopted child by the               
court's  decision concerning said adoption.                                     
     Upon the  request of  the adoptive parent, an adoptee may be               
considered   to be  the child  of  the  adopter  by  the  court's               
decision concerning said adoption.                                              
     An adoptee who is over the age of 15 may be considered to be               
the child  of the  adopter if  said adoptee gives written consent               
thereto,   except in  the case set forth in part 3 of Article 115               
of this Code.                                                                   
                                                                                
     Article 120. Rights and Obligations of Parents, Adopted                    
                  Children, Adoptive Parents, and the Relatives                 
                  thereof                                                       
                                                                                
     The court's  decision to  approve adoption  shall  terminate               
personal   and property  rights and  obligations between children               
and their natural  parents.                                                     
     By the  court's decision  to approve  adoption, the adoptive               
parents   as well  as their relatives and the adopted children as               
well as  their   offspring shall  be given  personal and property               
rights and obligations  as lineal relatives.                                    
                                                                                
     Article 121. Retention of Rights and Obligations with One                  
                  of Parents and the Relatives and Grandparents                 
                  thereof                                                       
                                                                                
     If the adoptive parent is a male, the rights and obligations               
between   the child's  mother and her relatives and the child may               
be preserved   if  the adoptive  father so agrees and the natural               
mother so requests.                                                             
     If  the   adoptive  parent  is  a  female,  the  rights  and               
obligations between   the  father and his relatives and the child               
may be  preserved if  the   adoptive mother  so  agrees  and  the               
natural father so requests.                                                     
     If one  of a child's natural parents is dead, the rights and               
obligations   between the  parents of the deceased parent and the               
child may be preserved  if the adoptive parent so agrees and said               
grandparents so request.                                                        
     Preservation of  rights and  obligations  with  one  of  the               
parents and   the relatives and parents thereof must be indicated               
in the court's  decision to approve adoption.                                   
                                                                                
     Article 122. The Name of the Adopted Child                                 
                                                                                
     Adopted children shall keep their names and surnames.                      
     Upon the  request of  the adoptive parents, an adopted child               
shall take   his  or her adoptive family's surname as well as the               
first name  indicated   by his  or her  adopted parents.  If  the               
adoptive parents  have different   surnames,  the adoptive  child               
shall, upon  the mutual  agreement of the  adoptive parents, take               
the surname of one of them.                                                     
     If a  child's adoptive parent is not married, the surname of               
the father   (mother)  of the  adopted child shall be established               
according to  the   surname of  the adoptive mother (father), and               
the first name of the  father (mother) of the adopted child shall               
be recorded  according  to    the  adoptive  mother's  (father's)               
statement.                                                                      
     The name  and surname  of an  adopted child  who is  over 15               
years of  age   may only  be changed  with  the  child's  written               
consent.                                                                        
                                                                                
     Article 123. Guarantees and Norms Applicable to Women who                  
                  have Adopted Infants                                          
                                                                                
     Women who  adopt infants  shall  be  entitled  to  the  same               
guarantees and  norms as women who give birth.                                  
                                                                                
     Article 124. Retention of Adopted Children's Rights to                     
                  Pension and Allowances                                        
                                                                                
     Children entitled  to pension  or state or social allowances               
shall retain  this right after they have been adopted.                          
                                                                                
     Article 125. Validity of Adoption                                          
                                                                                
     Adoptions shall become valid once the court decision on said               
adoption comes into effect.                                                     
                                                                                
     Article 126. Registration of Adoption                                      
                                                                                
     Adoptions must  be registered  in the institution of records               
of civil  acts.                                                                 
     Adoptive  parents  must  register  court  decisions  in  the               
institution   of records  of civil acts of the place of the court               
decision on said  adoption within one month.                                    
     If an  adopted child  is given  the surname  of the adoptive               
father and   a  different first  name, or if the adoptive parents               
are acknowledged  as the adopted child's parents, the institution               
of records  of civil   acts,  pursuant to  the court's  decision,               
shall make  appropriate changes   in  the  birth  record  of  the               
adopted child and shall issue a new birth  certificate.                         
                                                                                
     Article 127. Annulment of Adoption                                         
                                                                                
     Adoption  may   only  be   annulled  according  to  judicial               
procedure.                                                                      
     Claims to  annul  adoption  shall  be  investigated  in  the               
presence of  a representative of a guardianship institution.                    
     Adoptions shall  be annulled from the day the court decision               
to annul  said adoption comes into effect.                                      
                                                                                
     Article 128. Grounds for the Annulment of Adoption                         
                                                                                
     Adoptions may be annulled if the adoptive parents:                         
     1) fail to perform their obligations;                                      
     2) abuse their rights;                                                     
     3) have  a harmful  influence on the adopted child by way of               
their behaviour;  or                                                            
     4) abuse alcohol, narcotics, or other toxic substances.                    
     The court,  taking into  consideration the  interests of the               
child and  existence of significant reasons, shall have the right               
to annul  adoption,  as well as on other grounds not provided for               
in part 1 hereof.                                                               
     It shall  not be  permitted to  annul  an  adoption  if  the               
adopted  child is over 18 years of age.                                         
                                                                                
     Article 129. Persons Retaining the Right to Request the                    
                  Annulment of Adoption                                         
                                                                                
     Natural  parents,   adoptive   parents,   and   guardianship               
institutions shall   have  the right  to request the annulment of               
adoption.                                                                       
                                                                                
     Article 130. Consequences of the Annulment of Adoption                     
                                                                                
     Upon annulment  of  adoption,  the  rights  and  obligations               
between the   child and offspring thereof and the adoptive parent               
and relatives   thereof  shall, upon court decision, be dissolved               
from the  day the   court  decision to  annul adoption comes into               
effect.                                                                         
     Upon annulment  of adoption,  the rights  and obligations of               
the child   and  offspring thereof  and the  natural parents  and               
lineal relatives   thereof shall be restored upon the decision of               
the court.                                                                      
     Upon annulment of adoption, the court shall adopt a decision               
to return  the child to his or her natural parents. If the return               
of a  child   to his or her natural parents are not in his or her               
best interest,   the  child shall be transferred to the care of a               
guardianship institution.                                                       
     Upon annulment of adoption, the court shall adopt a decision               
on whether   to  leave the  child the name and surname which were               
given to  him or  her upon being adopted or to give back the name               
and surname which  the child had prior to adoption.                             
                                                                                
     Article 131. Filing of the Copy of the Court Decision to                   
                  Annul an Adoption                                             
                                                                                
     Upon adopting  a decision  to annul  an adoption, court must               
file a  copy  of the court decision that has come into force with               
the  institution    of  the  records  of  civil  acts  which  has               
registered the adoption.                                                        
     The institution  of records  of civil  acts, proceeding from               
the  court's     decision   to  annul  the  adoption,  must  make               
appropriate adjustments  in the record of the child's birth act.                
                                                                                
     Article 132. Adoption of Children who are Citizens of the                  
                 Republic of Lithuania and Reside in the Republic               
                 of Lithuania or in  a Foreign State upon being                 
                 Adopted by Foreign Nationals                                   
                                                                                
     Children who  are citizens  of the Republic of Lithuania and               
reside   in the Republic of Lithuania or in a foreign state shall               
be adopted  by foreign nationals upon the decision of the Supreme               
Court of the  Republic of Lithuania.                                            
     Foreign nationals  shall not  be permitted to adopt children               
if a petition  is received from a family residing in the Republic               
of Lithuania  or   a foster  home asking to place said child with               
them to be raised and  maintained.                                              
     A child  who has  been adopted by a foreign national must be               
entitled   to the  same rights  and benefits  as an adopted child               
within the state  of the adoptive parent.                                       
     Adoption shall  be recognized to citizens of the Republic of               
Lithuania  residing in foreign states if the adoption proceedings               
are in  compliance   with the  adoption laws of that state and if               
there exists  an international   agreement between that state and               
the Republic  of Lithuania  concerning   the recognition  of such               
adoption.                                                                       
                                                                                
     Article 133. Adoption of Children who are Foreign Nationals                
                  and who Reside in the Republic of Lithuania by                
                  Citizens of the Republic of Lithuania                         
                                                                                
     Children  who  are  foreign  nationals  and  reside  in  the               
Republic  of Lithuania may be adopted by citizens of the Republic               
of Lithuania   upon  the decision  of the  Supreme Court  of  the               
Republic  of  Lithuania,    unless  an  international  treaty  or               
agreement between  the Republic of  Lithuania and the appropriate               
foreign state provides for another adoption  procedure.                         
                                                                                
     Article 134. Confidentiality of Adoption                                   
                                                                                
     Officials who  have adopted a resolution concerning adoption               
or who   have  registered an adoption as well as persons who have               
knowledge   of an  adoption as  a result  of which  the  adoptive               
parents have  been   recognized as the child's parents must guard               
the confidentiality of  said adoption.                                          
     Officials and  persons who  have  made  an  adoption  public               
against the  will of the adoptive parents may be held responsible               
according to  the procedure established by law.                                 
     Data concerning adoption shall be given out according to the               
procedure established by law."                                                  
                                                                                
                                                                                
     2.To acknowledge  Chapter 2  and Article 213 of the Marriage               
and Family  Code of the Republic of Lithuania as invalid.                       
                                                                                
                                                                                
     I hereby  promulgate this  Law adopted  by the Seimas of the               
Republic of Lithuania.                                                          
                                                                                
                                                                                
                                                                                
                                              ALGIRDAS BRAZAUSKAS               
                                                        President               
                                                  of the Republic               
                                                                                
Vilnius                                                                         
12 October 1993                                                                 
No. I-275