Bulgaria is a beautiful, mountainous country located on the Black Sea. The country transitioned from a Communist government to a democracy in 1991.
All adoptions from Bulgaria are completed in accordance with the Hague Convention on inter country adoption. More information can be found here.
One adoptive parent must be a US citizen.
Applicants must be at least 25 years old and at least 15 years older than the child they desire to adopt.
Married couples and single applicants (both men and women) may adopt from Bulgaria. Bulgaria does not permit same sex couples to adopt.
Applicants with a criminal history of child abuse, violence, domestic violence or termination of parental rights are not eligible to adopt.
Applicants must be healthy with no serious, chronic transmissible diseases (HIV positive, venereal disease, tuberculosis, etc.) or other life-threatening illnesses.
Families must have an annual income of at least $30,000. Families must meet the income requirements provided by the USCIS in order for the adopted child to immigrate.
Children in Home
No requirements regarding the number of children in the home
All children who are available for adoption have diagnosed medical needs or are part of a sibling group.
Both boys and girls are available (more boys than girls), as well as sibling groups.
Waiting children live in both state-run orphanages and foster homes.
Children are of Eastern European and Roma descent. Families considering adopting from Bulgaria may not choose a child according to ethnicity.
Travel and Bonding Periods
When adopting from Bulgaria, families must make two trips to complete their adoption. The first trip occurs two to three months after the dossier is sent to Bulgaria and requires about one week in country. Both parents must travel.
The second trip is for U.S. processing and the visa process, lasting 7-12 days. Only one parent must travel on the second trip. There are four to six months between trips.
Post adoption requirements
Bulgaria requires four post adoption reports to be filed - at 6, 12, 18 and 24 months home.
All fees are based on two adoptive parents and one adopted child
Total Agency Fees: $7250
Total application, parent education, dossier and other paperwork processing fees: $3170
Total USCIS, Department of State and IAAME Fees: $1695
Total Home Study and Post Placement Fees: $4790
Home Study ($2200)
Post Adoption fees ($375 per report)
Additional mileage and travel fees may be incurred for families located more than 100 miles from the main office, or city center of Spokane, Portland or Anchorage.
Home Study Review Fee, for families completing their home study with another agency: $550
Total Estimated Travel Fees: $4,000-$6900 (per trip)
Total International Service Fee: $6800-$9100 depending on fee reductions and exchange rate for Euros.
Total estimated in country fees for child’s adoption processing and child’s visa fee: $525
Total estimated adoption expenses (plus cost of a second adoption trip) $29,080- $34,010
A detailed fee schedule is available upon request
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