Adopt a child from Bulgaria

Bulgarian Adoption Process

When adopting a child from Bulgaria, most children are between 2 and 15 years old.  However, Adoption of the younger children requires a longer period of time while those children of special needs and older children waiting for homes is expedited.

Bulgarian adoptions focus on the following groups:

  • Children aged 2 to 15 years
  • Children with special needs of all ages
  • Sibling groups of two or more children (typically age 6 and above)

Bulgarian Children eligible for adoption include orphaned children given up by their biological parents for reasons which include financial hardship and abandonment. Not only due to poverty but may also be due to domestic violence, the difficulty of single parenthood or other disabilities of the parent(s).

The Waiting Time for Adopting Children from Bulgaria

Many Bulgarian children are in desperate  need of loving homes where lists of the children in the Adoption program for waiting children are posted every 2 months by Bulgarian officials to agencies acting as advocates to find them forever homes. Children’s Hope is provided two months to find a home for the child. Those children who cannot be placed have their cases returned to the Ministry so other agencies can search for families wishing to adopt Bulgarian Children.

Considerations for adopting special needs Bulgarian children include:

  • Children as young as 1 year old waiting for homes
  • A range of special needs, including, limb differences, and vision deficiencies and learning and developmental issues.
  • Older and healthy children and even sibling groups are also available for adoption.

The number and the ages, gender and special needs of the children vary per with each list release..

If your family is interested in adopting, a guide is readily available which includes a questionnaire which allows us to find the right match for you and your children.

A summary and photos of the children are made available to you. Children’s Hope International simplifies the process for you.

If you would like to learn more about each of the Bulgarian Children waiting for homes, we provide detailed information directly to you and walk you through the process.

Adopting children from Bulgaria is a rewarding and wonderful humanitarian act.

Requirements for the Waiting Child Program.

Traditional Program

Once your application is approved by the Bulgarian government, you will be placed on a registry of adoptive parents wait list according to your age preferences for a child. Then the Ministry of Justice in Sofia, Bulgaria will identify a child based on your preferences for gender, age and health status. You will then receive an invitation to come to Bulgaria, meet your child and accept your referral. Once the referral is accepted, the Ministry of Justice will approve the adoption and forward your case to the court.

Bulgaria Adoption Requirements

In addition to the USCIS eligibility requirements for prospective adoptive parent(s), Bulgaria has the following adoption eligibility requirements. If you feel you are not eligible to adopt from Bulgaria, or you are unsure, please contact us for a free case-by-case consultation regarding your adoption.

  • Citizenship: One adoptive parent must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Age: Adoptive parents must be at least 15 years older than the adoptive child.  There is no longer any upper age limit required for parents although CAN reserves the right to verify the match is appropriate.  The Central Authority prefers the older parent be no more than 55 years in age difference than the adopted child, however extra flexibility on age is given when the adopted children are in a sibling group and/or have special needs.
  • Previous Children: No more than 4 children already in the home.  Again, this is a rule in which extra flexibility is given when the adopted children are in a sibling group and/or have special needs.
  • Marriage Status: Married couples are eligible to adopt. There are no prior divorce restrictions. Single parents are eligible to adopt children of either gender.
  • Income: There is no minimum income required. However, you need to meet the income requirements provided by USCIS for the child to immigrate.
  • Medical History: There are some medical restrictions. If you have a medical condition, please contact our adoption consultant to determine your eligibility.
  • Criminal History: Applicants with a criminal history of child abuse, violence or domestic violence are not eligible to adopt.


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 who wish to adopt a child from Bulgaria.  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 Bulgarian 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.

Call Nicky Losse 314-812-1742 to learn more about adopting a Child from Bulgaria


Photos on this page are used by permission.  None of the children pictured are available for adoption.

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