Bulgaria Adoption

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Our first Bulgarian adoption was completed back in 2002.  We are uniquely positioned to do Bulgaria adoptions because our acting agency President is Bulgarian born.  She knows how Bulgaria works.  She knows the best people to work with in Bulgaria.  The overall adoptions from Bulgaria have been increasing in recent years.  Bulgaria’s process is some of the easiest when compared to other countries.

Frequently Asked Questions – Bulgaria Adoption

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Bulgaria offers 2 different paths you could pursue.  These are “Traditional Adoption” and “Waiting Child”.

Bulgaria Adoption – “Traditional Route”

Step 1

Select a country that suits you.  Find an agency that is good at working with the country you like. 

Step 2

Let agency help you prepare paperwork.  Includes “Home Study” and “Dossier”. 

Step 3

Complete Home Study to get CIS Approval.  Get “Apostilles” for all dossier documents, including CIS Approval.

Step 4.

Turn in complete dossier, including Home Study and CIS approval to Bulgarian MOJ.

Step 5.

Wait on MOJ to propose a child that would match your family.   

Step 6. 

Choose to accept your child, and schedule first trip to go meet them. 

Step 7. 

Trip one.  Meet your child.  Before leaving, give consent to continue adoption. 

Step 8.

Few months later, go pick your child up. 

 

“Waiting Child Route” Steps

Step 1

View waiting children.  Consult with a doctor about child’s special needs, if any.

Step 2

Submit “MOJ Application” to Bulgarian MOJ.

Step 3

Upon approval by MOJ, let your agency help you with the paperwork – same as “traditional”.

Step 4.

MOJ typically allows you 6 months to get CIS approval and complete dossier.

Step 5.

Present completed dossier, including Home Study and CIS approval to MOJ.

Step 6.

First trip.  Meet your child.  Before leaving, give consent to continue adoption.

Step 7. 

After a few months, go pick your child up.

 

Compare and Contrast (Combine)

First, please know that you don’t have to choose.  Each process is not mutually exclusive from the other.  If you know that you’d like to adopt a child, you can begin the paperwork process.  It is the same for each route. 

As you advance through the paperwork, you can always be monitoring the waiting children whose process is expedited by the MOJ.

If you see a child you’d like to pursue adopting, your file would look that much better because you would have already made progress towards your required paperwork.  In the eyes of MOJ, this means that the child can find a home quicker, which is in his/her best interest.

“Waiting Child” can be much quicker from start to finish.  Our latest case only took 1.5 years all together.  Read about it here.

On a case per case basis, there could be grants and/or discounts when pursuing “waiting child”.

“Traditional” can take longer, but you can specify more about the age and health of the child.  You can also eliminate known risk factors of the child you will be adopting.  Our latest “traditional adoption” is going exceptionally quick as well.  Read about it here.

 

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Bulgaria Adoption Cost

The cost is the same for both “Traditional Route” and “Waiting Child”.  The only difference is the timing of when fees become due.  However, the total is the same.   In some cases, on a case per case basis, there may be grants and/or discounts given for adopting a special needs child, or an older child via the “waiting child” expedited route.

Bulgaria Adoption Cost – Waiting Child Route

– Same overall cost as “Waiting Child” – 

Grants may be available-

 

Waiting Child Fee Schedule
MOJ Application Preparation Free (most agencies charge for this)
Upon submission of Application to MOJ 1,600 Euro Wire to Bulgaria
Agency Application Fee $300 Due with application
Agency Fee $6,200 Payment Plan Available
IAAME Oversight Fee $500 Per child – Payable to IAAME – Due w contract
Dossier Fee $6,500 Due 6 – 9 months after Agency Fee
1,000 Euro Wire to Bulgaria
MOJ Approval of Dossier 5,400 Euros
Due about 3 months after dossier wire to Bulgaria
First Trip $5,000 Due shortly before travel
PayPal Available
Second Trip $3,000 Due shortly before travel
PayPal Available
Total $21,500 and 8,000 Euro
Minus Adoption Tax Credit ($14,000)
New Total After Tax Credit $7,500 and 8,000 Euro

 

  

Bulgaria Adoption Cost – Traditional Route

 – Same overall cost as “Waiting Child” – 

– Grants may be available – 

 

Traditional Fee Schedule
Agency Application Fee $300 Due with application
Agency Fee $6,200 Payment Plan Available (Due with signed contract -PayPal or check)
IAAME Overseight Fee $500 Per child – Payable to IAAME – Due w contract
Dossier Fee $6,500 On your time table – when you complete your dossier (PayPal or check)
2,000 Euro Wire to Bulgaria
Foreign Fees
Before First Trip 3,000 Euro and $3,000 After you’ve been matched and accepted your child. (Wire and PayPal)
PayPal Available
After First Trip  2,000 Euro and $3,000 After you’ve met your child and given consent to the adoption. (Wire and PayPal)
Second Trip 1,000 Euros and $2,000 After court date has approved you as parents. (Wire and PayPal)
Total $21,500 and 8,000 Euro
Minus Adoption Tax Credit  ($14,000)
New Total After Tax Credit $7,500 and 8,000 Euro

 

Our Promise to You About Cost

In our 18 years of experience, we’ve never lead our client through the adoption process and ended up charging them any extra fees than what is documented above.  Our fees are well documented and we’ve never had anything change on anyone whom we’ve served.  No clients of our had ever paid any additional, or unforeseen fees.  Therefore, we are comfortable to promise that our fees will not change.  What we list above is what you can expect.  100%.  

Exclusions: Cost NOT Included Above

Our fees above are well documented and you can expect they WILL NOT change.

However, you will have other expenses that will likely accumulate to another $8,000 to $10,000. 

These include: 

Home Study Fees (payable to local home study agency in your state, unless you are in NC). 

Airplane Tickets.

Cost of staying overseas on your trips. 

State and federal fees for apostilles and authentications. 

CIS Fees; Embassy Fees, Mailing Expenses.

Other Third Party Fees.

 

Serving Our Families

Below, we’d like to share some stories of our parents whom we’ve been blessed to serve with their Bulgarian adoptions.  To us, the parents are the true heroes.  We hope these stories will encourage you. 

Paperwork Ready – November 2018!

Completed First Trip – 2018

Back home in 2018! 

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