Children’s Hope International is partnered with VESTA, a Bulgarian Hague accredited non-governmental organization dedicated to the well being of orphaned and abandoned children. Together, we are working to unite these children with loving adoptive families. Children, ages 18 months to 14 years old are available for adoption.
The ethnic background of most of the children available is Bulgarian; however, the children are of mixed ancestry. Ethnic origin makes a difference in the cases in Bulgaria. For example, children that are considered Gypsy (Roma) or Turkish children are not likely to be adopted by Bulgarian families because they are considered minority. Many of those children have an olive complexion, brown eyes, and dark brown or black hair. Caucasian children are also available. Families may not voice a preference in ethnic background. The birth parents of the children who are available for adoption have either signed over their parental rights or the court has terminated these rights. Sibling groups are quite common in Bulgaria. When sibling groups are available, they will most likely 3 years old and up. The children are generally healthy, with the exception of some having minor correctable needs. Typical orphanage delays are expected. There are children with special medical needs available also.
The available children live in orphanages in various regions of the country. Staff will assist you throughout Bulgaria.
Age of Parents
Parents between the ages of 23 and 49 may adopt a child 12 months or older. Parents 50 to 55 years old may adopt a child 4 years or older.
Couples married at least one year may adopt. Each spouse may have up to two divorces. If there is a history of divorce, the current marriage must be 2 years or longer.
Children in Family
Families with children are welcome to adopt from Bulgaria.
Single Applicant- Single women may adopt.
Families will have a positive net worth and an income of at least $10,000 per family member, including the adopted child.
Applicants can have no history of felonies and no more than two misdemeanors in their lifetime.
Applicants with a past or current diagnosis of a life-threatening or communicable disease or other condition that impairs their ability to parent and/or the quality of life of a child are ineligible.
Travel in Country
Two trips are required. One or both parents must travel for the first trip to bond with the referred child for five to seven days. One parent is required to return on the second trip, which lasts five to seven days. CHI strongly recommends that both parents travel.
Time Frame for Adoption
The approximate time frame from application through finalization of an adoption is 30 to 48 months. The approximate time frame from application through finalization for a waiting child is 18 to 24 months.
FEES WILL BE PAYABLE ONLY AS SERVICES ARE RENDERED WITH THE EXCEPTION OF POST ADOPTION FEES. NO FEES ARE REFUNDABLE AFTER SERVICES ARE RENDERED.
Other costs will include:
Children’s Hope International’s fees are good for one year from the date that you signed your application. Children’s Hope International has no control over other agencies’ fees (Bulgaria adoption fees, CIS, Non CHI Home Study Agency, etc.). If your name is not on the dossier list within this year, then you need to submit a new application and pay the current year’s fees.
Review the QUALIFICATIONS for adoptive parents outlined above to see that you qualify.
Submit your APPLICATION to Children’s Hope International online or ask for an application.
You will receive your Dossier Workbook (Clear Steps to Take) upon your acceptance into the program.
You will receive Home Study instructions and resources from a social worker.
Most of all you should know that our team will work with you personally on every issue and question.
Photos on this page are used by permission. The children pictured are not available for adoption.