Bulgaria Adoptions


Bulgarian Adoption Program

Agape Adoptions is honored to advocate for the children of Bulgaria. Bulgaria is a beautiful, mountainous country located on the Black Sea. The country transitioned from a Communist government to a democracy in 1991. Bulgaria utilizes state-run orphanages, and all of the children Agape Adoptions works with live in these institutions. All adoptions from Bulgaria are completed in accordance with the Hague Convention on inter country adoption. More information can be found here. 

Eligibility Requirements for Bulgaria Adoptions

  • Applicants must be at least age 25. Parents must be at least 15 years older than the child they desire to adopt.
  • Married couples and heterosexual single applicants (both men and women) may adopt from Bulgaria. Please note that Bulgaria will 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.

About the Children

  • Most of the children who are available for adoption have diagnosed medical needs. 
  • Both boys and girls are available (more boys than girls), as well as sibling groups.
  • Children are of Eastern European and Roma descent. Families may not choose a child according to ethnicity.
  • Families interested in adopting a healthy baby (under the age of three) must expect that the wait time is approximately three years. “Healthy” is considered a child with no known medical diagnosis, however families must be prepared for issues related to institutionalization.


Adopting from Bulgaria

  • Complete adoption application for preliminary approval by Agape Adoptions.
  • Complete adoption home study report (generally about 3-4 months to complete).
  • Assemble, notarize, and submit dossier documents to Agape Adoptions.
  • Submit and file immigration documents with the USCIS office Upon completion, Agape Adoptions will submit the dossier to our partner agency- Our Family for further processing for a referral (Healthy child referrals: 24-36 months from dossier submission; special needs child referrals: 3-12 months from dossier submission) 


Families must make two trips to complete their adoption. The first trip occurs 2-3 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 7-10 days. Only one parent must travel on the second trip. There are 4-6 months between trips.

Overview of Adoption Fees for Bulgaria Adoption Program

Total Agency Fees : $6000

Total Application, parent education, dossier and other paperwork  processing fees:  ~$1900

Total Immigration, DOS and IAAME fees: $1695 (based on two PAP’s) 

Total Home Study ($1750) and Post Adoption fees ($375 per report): ~$5240 (additional mileage and travel fees may be incurred for families outside of 100 miles from main office, Spokane or Portland) 

Home Study Review Fees (out of state families): $550

Total Estimated Travel fees (for two PAPs and one adopted child): ~$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 2nd adoption trip)    $25,460- $32,010  

Detailed Fee Scheduled available upon  request

*The children pictured on our website are not available for adoption/placement. Use of photos is granted with permission of the legal guardian/parent.

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