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THE BULGARIA PROGRAM
Bulgaria is a Hague country. The Children’s Home Bulgaria program offers two tracks, Traditional and Waiting Child Tracks. Our Bulgaria program is a pilot program, meaning we have processed fewer than ten adoptions from this country. With all pilot programs, timelines may vary.
CHILDREN IN BULGARIA
Children may be relinquished, abandoned, or have experienced a termination of parental rights. The greatest need is for families open to children with identified need(s) that range from minor/correctable to lifelong. Commonly seen needs include: developmental delays, cerebral palsy, hydrocephalus and Down syndrome. Many children available for adoption from Bulgaria are of Roma heritage. Children will likely be 3-15 years old at time of placement.Meet Children Waiting in Bulgaria Now
THE CARE IN BULGARIA
Children in Bulgaria may enter care at any point before they are 15 years old. Some children enter care shortly after birth; others may have experienced multiple placements between family members and institutional care settings. Although there are some foster homes; most children are cared for in orphanages. The quality of care, including access to medical and educational opportunities, can vary widely within Bulgaria. As numerous studies have demonstrated, institutional care is not conducive to optimal development, therefore children may experience orphanage-related delays.
Like most international adoption programs, Bulgaria has its own unique eligibility requirements for adoptive parents. Adoptive parents must be between 25-55 years of age and at least 15 years older than the child(ren) they are adopting. Heterosexual couples married for longer than one year are eligible; cohabitation can be considered, but must be reviewed on an individual basis. Couples must be legally married at the time of adoption. Heterosexual single men and women are eligible to adopt through the Waiting Child Track. All applicants must be able to travel to Bulgaria.
Please contact us to discuss your individual eligibility.
The first step for the Traditional Track is to apply and begin the home study process. If you live in MN, Western WI, MD or VA, Children’s Home and LSS can complete your home study. Then, we guide you to apply for USCIS approval and compile a dossier that is sent to Bulgaria’s Ministry of Justice for Ministry approval. We estimate the wait time for referral of a child to be 12-36 months after Ministry approval of your dossier. The wait for referral will vary greatly depending on your openness to age and child’s needs. Two trips to Bulgaria are required, both parents must travel on the first trip and either one or both must travel on the second trip. The first trip will occur approximately 4-6 weeks after referral acceptance, the second trip will occur approximately 3-4 months after the first trip. Trips average 7-12 days each. Post placement reporting, completed by a social worker, is required 1, 6, 12 and 24 months after placement.
Families following the Waiting Child Track will bypass the wait for referral, but are required to complete all other steps in the process.View Bulgaria Fees and ExpensesCompare International Programs Side-by-SideGlobal Family Support