Special needs and older children, as well as sibling groups are also desperately in need of loving homes. The special needs of the children available in Bulgaria range from minor to severe.

Files of the children in the Waiting Child program are released every 2 months to agencies to advocate for the children and search for their forever family.  If the agencies are unsuccessful in placing the child, their file is returned to the Ministry so another agency in turn search for their family.  Families may be matched with special needs children before their dossier is complete.

When considering a special needs child, please consider the following:

  • Children as young as 1 year old are available
  • They can have a broad range of special needs, from limb differences and ocular issues to global developmental delays.
  • Healthy older children and sibling groups are available

The number of files available and the age range, gender and special needs of the children will vary per with each distribution.

Families interested in participating in viewing the children available will need to have requested a guide and instantly received a password from the agency. Completing special form will provide your family with a password and provide your agency with information to review files on your behalf in search of a good match.

Initially, a photo and short summary of the child are available for review in the password protected site. Families may request a more detailed file review for a child through the website.

Families who are not currently in process with the agency who wish to move forward with the request to adopt a specific child will make an initial application for that child to the Ministry. If accepted, a dossier must be submitted within 6 months.

Who Can Adopt From Bulgaria?

  • Married couples andsingle womenmay adopt from Bulgaria;
  • There is no length of marriage or age requirement;
  • Adoptive parents must be at least 15 years older than the adopted child;
  • Upon consideration, Bulgaria often shows a great flexibility (in age of parents and family size) for children with special needs, sibling groups, and older children;
  • Additional stipulations to apply for an orphan visa may be determined by a family’s government;
  • Single man can adopt only a boy;
  • Single woman can adopt both girl and boy.