Bulgaria Adoption Overview
Program Coordinator: Lianna Mills
Children Available: Available children are 18 months and older at the time of referral. Waiting Children are 8 years and older who are considered healthy, and children of all ages with special needs.
Parent Requirements: Parents must be 25 or older. The age difference between an adoptive parent and child can be no more than 50 years for the younger parent or single parent in an adoptive family. The older parent can be no more than 55 years older than the child in the adoptive family. Single women may adopt. Single men may also be considered on a case by case basis.
Travel Requirements: Two trips to Bulgaria: the first 7 to 8 days; the second 10 to 12 days. 4 to 6 months between trips.
a. 1 to 2 months from submitting a dossier to registering with the Bulgaria Ministry of Justice
b. From registration to match to a child: 2-4 months (Waiting Children) 5+ years (Non-special needs)
Bulgaria Program Highlights
- Bulgarian agencies and the Ministry of Justice provide updated, comprehensive information about each child to prospective adoptive families and to families matched with a child. The reports are prepared by qualified professionals including medical specialists, child psychologists, the care-workers, or in some cases, the foster parents.
- Children have access to a wide range of programs to help their development; commonly, school resource teachers, speech or physical therapy lessons, and local sports and drama clubs.
- Once matched, our partners are happy to work with families to maintain contact with their children and facilitate bonding during trips.
My adoption story is a long one, but I have to say I understand the true meaning of “everything comes to those who wait”. I grew up in a big family. My Dad had two jobs, so Mom stayed home and raised us. Now, our family is even bigger with lots of nieces and nephews as all my siblings got married and had children. When I passed the childbearing years, I was intrigued by the adoption process. This process is a long and hard one! You must have A LOT of patience, and the right agency. I started with Carolina Adoption Services, and finally completed my adoption this year from Bulgaria. I have to say everyone at Carolina Adoption Services was a pleasure to work with. They are patient, supportive, kind and knowledgeable. I now have a BEAUTIFUL little 3 1/2 year old daughter which was LOVE at first sight! I can’t imagine my life without her now! Mom always said God has a plan for you! Thanks to the great work at Carolina Adoption Services, my dream of being a Mother has come true!!! Thank you Carolina Adoption Services!
“Through the miracle of adoption , we chose to add to our family. We are so very grateful for the wonderful staff of CAS for their attention to detail and help they provided during this journey. We have been blessed with the addition of two wonderful daughters from Bulgaria. We could not have asked for a smoother process to bring them home. The journey is long but so worth it in the end.”
-Brian & Trish