Bulgaria is a stable program that is well managed by the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Bulgaria's Central Authority.
Bulgaria is a wonderful adoption program for families open to adopting older children, sibling sets, or children with down syndrome. There are children with moderate to severe special needs already approved for adoption.
There is no residency requirement in Bulgaria.
Families must meet income requirements as outlined by USCIS. The homestudy of the family must demonstrate the financial stability of the family.
Children become available for adoption in Bulgaria for many reasons. Sometimes it is due to extreme economic hardship on the part of the birth parents, the social stigma of being a single parent, the special need of the child, and the inability to meet the children's needs.
The children available for adoption range in age from 2-16 years old. However, the most common ages are 2-10 years. Referrals for children above 10 years and older sibling sets are being received much faster.
While gender preference can be indicated by Adoptive Parents, parents are strongly encouraged to be open to a child of either gender. Referrals for boys are currently more numerous than girls.
The majoity of children available for adoption from Bulgaria are considered to have moderate to severe special needs. These needs may be medical, physical, and/or developmental.
Timeframes will vary per adoption. Bulgaria actively seeks families for children, rather than finding children for waiting families.
Choose an accredited Adoption Service Provider (ASP) who is licensed in Bulgaria. Once you are approved, you will receive IAN's policy paperwork to review and sign, and then you can get started.
You will be assigned a coordinator to help you get all the paperwork needed to adopt. The family will have 6 months to submit the dossier to the Ministry of Justice after U.S. I800A approval.
Ministry of Justice will register the PAPs. (1 month)
These are the necessary approvals to immigrate the child.
Bulgaria requires Post Adoption Reports of how the child is getting accustomed to the family. IAN or your home study agency will perform these reports.
PAPs will be required to make two trips to Bulgaria.
It can vary from $25,000 to $40,000.
Not all the costs will necessarily apply and all fees can change at any time. To receive IAN's Bulgaria fee agreement and schedule, click on "Contact a Coordinator" and fill out the contact form.
Cultural differences - older children who have been raised in an institutional environment or in foster care have to survive by themselves, thus creating very independent individuals, who are often reluctant to obey. Parents should first try to be friends with their adopted children to remain close to their emotions, wishes, and needs.
Yes, children who have turned 10 to 13 years old will appear in court and children who are 14 years and older will have to give their consent to be adopted.
If there are well grounded reasons, one parent is allowed. The PAPs have to have a signed/notarized declaration stating the reasons.
This is the fastest option for younger children and has a reduced fee.
Hours of Operation
Monday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM