Bulgaria Adoption Requirements

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Bulgaria’s Waiting Children

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Waiting Child Program

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Bulgaria is a small, yet beautiful Eastern European country nestled in the heart of the Balkan Peninsula in southeastern Europe. Bulgaria is bordered to the north by Romania, to the west by Serbia and Macedonia, to the south by Greece and Turkey and to the east by the Black Sea. The capital city of Sofia has been compared to Paris with its broad boulevards, open-air cafes, large parks, upscale shopping and grand buildings. The language is Bulgarian (Slavic) and is written in Cyrillic, the same alphabet as the Russian use. While Russian is the second language and is still taught in schools today, many young people are learning to speak English.

The orphans from Bulgaria are well cared for in state run institutions and are available for adoption after six months on the adoption registry. The children receive regular doctor visits and there are hospitals nearby for additional medical care. The children begin attending school once they are 6 years of age. Bulgaria permits the adoption of more than one child and has very flexible acceptance criteria. The Bulgarian children have a mix of gypsy, Turkish and Bulgarian heritages. Their complexions are truly European, ranging from fair to olive

Bulgaria is a Hague Convention Country, meaning there are safeguards in place to ensure adoptions are both ethical and in the best interests of the children. Bulgaria’s Central Authority under the Hague Convention is the Ministry of Justice, which is responsible for all the activities, related to the international adoptions, including accepting applications of adoptive parents, keeping the register of children available for adoption and the register of prospective adoptive parents, giving approvals for adoption.

Children become available for adoption through a number of circumstances: abandonment, death of birth parents, or when the birth parents relinquish their rights. Children with greatest need in international adoption are older children and children with known additional needs. A lack of prenatal care contributes to the high incidence of special needs seen in Bulgaria. Many of the special needs are often treatable or correctable in the United States. Male, female, and sibling groups are available. Children are available up to 16 years of age. Most children have mild to moderate medical conditions. Children on registry may be considered special needs even if the need is their age (4-8 years old). Special needs and older children, as well as sibling groups are also desperately in need of loving homes.

Adoption Timeline

The time frame to complete an adoption from Bulgaria greatly depends on the age of the child you wish to adopt. Essentially, if you would like to adopt an older child or a child with special needs, you will experience a shorter wait time for your referral.

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Children Available

The children available for inter-country adoption in Bulgaria are between 2 and 15 years old.  However, the wait time increases, the younger the age of the child at referral. Special needs and older children, as well as sibling groups are also desperately...

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Traditional Program

Once your dossier is approved by the Bulgarian government, you will be placed on a registry of adoptive parents wait list according to your age preferences for a child. Then the Ministry of Justice in Sofia, Bulgaria will identify a child based on your...

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