A child is identified through a special needs listing either pre or post dossier submission. Once identified by the family through the agency, an application to adopt is submitted to the Ministry of Justice. If approved, and a dossier has not been submitted, you will complete and submit a dossier within 6 months.

If you already have a dossier in place, once a child is identified by the family through the agency, an application to adopt is submitted to the Ministry of Justice. Once your dossier is approved by the Bulgarian government, you will then receive an invitation to come to Bulgaria, meet your child and accept your referral. Once the referral is accepted, the Ministry of Justice will approve the adoption and forward your case to the court.

How Long Does It Take to Complete the Adoption Process?

The Bulgaria adoption process does not officially begin until 45 days after the family’s dossierarrives in Bulgaria, with dossier preparation taking upwards to six months. The time frame to receive a referral is approximately 12-24 months, depending upon the age and gender of child the family has indicated. The process may be expedited if a family is open to an older child, sibling group of three or more, or a child with special needs.

Referrals are given based on the date of dossier submission and balanced by several variables; characteristics of child the family has indicated (age, gender, health status) and the children in need of families at any given time. Once the referral is accepted in Bulgaria, the adoption will take approximately four to six months to complete. When the adoption is complete, parents can return to Bulgaria to bring the child home.

Please note that timeframes may vary on a case-by-case basis and are subject to change.