Adopt a child from Bulgaria. Adopting internationally forges a bond with your child’s country of origin. Bulgaria is a special place in and of itself.
About the Children
The adoptive children in Bulgaria range in age from toddlers to teenagers. Single children and sibling sets are available for adoption. The majority are of Roma (Gypsy) descent, a smaller minority are Turkish and an even lesser part of Caucasian ancestry. Anecdotally, our partners cite the frequency of the Roma children’s musical and theatrical abilities. A large number become wards of the Bulgarian government as a result of abandonment rather than abuse. The children are well cared for in public orphanages or in foster home settings. They have been extensively evaluated and charted. As a result, there is much detailed information about children for prospective adoptive parents’ consideration.
Bulgaria is a Hague Convention country for adoption purposes and, as such, has highly legitimate and ethical practices. The Bulgarian Ministry of Justice is the designated Central Authority for the country, and has a superior record for the quality of their work, keeping the best interest of the child in focus.
Who Can Adopt
Bulgarian adoption law permits married and single male or female parents internationally, but does not allow for LBGT persons or lifestyles. There is no upper parental age limit, although older parents in the 50 plus age range are encouraged to adopt school aged children by our agency. Families can expect comprehensive services abroad through the partner agency including accompaniment to all major appointments, translation of documents, emergency assistance and some site seeing for a fulfilling experience.
The Bulgarian Adoption Process
There are two tracks for the adoption of Bulgarian children. The age of the child one is seeking to adopt will likely be the key determining factor for the speed at which a match may occur. The common process involves completing one’s application and dossier with the Bulgarian government and then waiting for an appropriate match. The number of families on this Register outstrips the children available for adoption, resulting in long waiting lists for the youngest age group of 0-4 years of several years’ time.
The Special Order is for older children (> 5). Their special needs may be their age alone, although this category also includes children with minor correctable needs to moderate handicaps. Our Bulgarian partner agency acquires new profiles of children on a monthly basis who then can be matched with qualified families at short notice. Families who have not previously been approved for adoption in Bulgaria are able to go through an expedited process. Generally these adoptions from start to finish take about a year’s length of time.
Adoptive families should expect two trips to Bulgaria. The first occurs for the purpose of meeting the child(ren) and seeing if it is mutually acceptable to the parties involved. This trip is five to seven days in length. A return trip is slated for the finalization of the adoption abroad, which lasts a minimum of ten days to complete the necessary steps for Bulgaria and US requirements. Bulgarian post-placement requirements entail four reports sent back, at regular six-month intervals the date the adoption was finalized.
Impressions of Bulgaria: A most hospitable people with a Mediterranean lifestyle; excellent dining integrating a farm to table approach; A crossing place for civilizations through the ages; The golden treasures of the Thracian culture, one that is more ancient even than the Pharoahs of Egypt; Monasteries with fresco covered walls, intricate tile work and gilt interiors, the air heavy with incense. Sofia, a sophisticated capital, the political and economic hub of the country; Vitosha street life for fashionistas and people watching; Varna and the Black Sea, the vacation mecca for its citizens on pristine and peaceful shores. Mountains rising up in the interior, a place for outdoor pursuits and spiritual renewal.
You are welcome to call (303) 516-9827 for more information about our new Bulgarian Adoption Program.