Adopting Her Daughter from Bulgaria

Adopting a Child From Bulgaria

Meet Ana!  She is one of our moms who is adopting her daughter from Bulgaria.

When we first talked to Ana, we remembers hearing the heartbreak in her voice becuse of her failed attempts to adopt a child locally from foster care.

It wasn’t easy to convince Ana that the international adoption process wouldn’t end in another heartbreak.  But she went by faith and trusted that the outcome can be different with her Bulgarian adoption!

Bonding in Bulgaria – March 2021!

Adopting He Daughter from Bulgaria

So, in April of 2020, Ana left the past in the past and completed her waiting child application.

We helped her with the paperwork and in March 2021, a year later, she flew to Bulgaria to meet her daughter in person!

They fell deeply in love!  The bond and connection they have is a gift from God! As believers, we give thanks to Jesus Christ for putting this family toghether!

Yesterday, (May 19, 2020) we got a call from Bulgaria telling us that her final court hearing is scheduled for June!

We expect her final trip to take place about 30 days after that!

This means that Despite Covid delays, her entire process would be finished in around 15 months!

(Soon, we’ll be able to share un-blurred pictures)

Mom and her adopted daughter bonding.
Mom and daughter having fun.

Ana’s Timeline with Her Adoption

As adoption professionals, one of the most common question we have to answer is “how long will this take”.  As you can imagine, this is a difficult question to answer because there are so many variables.

That is why we love sharing real stories of real adoptive parents who can testify to their own timelines.  Then you can compare to the the timeline that is on our site and see how they match up.

We’re thrilled to say that Ana’s adoption went really fast! About 15 months.

To see other families’ timelines whom we’ve served, please see this story, or this one, or this one.

adoption contract

Step 1- Jan, 2020 – Contract

In mid January of 2020, Ana signed our agency’s contract for an adoption through Bulgaria.  This initiated her process and we set out to her meet eligibility requirements for a Bulgarian adoption.

Bulgarian Ministry of Justice Adoption Application.

Step 2 – March, 2020 – MOJ Application

Ana is adopting a waiting child, and so she completed the appropriate application required for this process as allowed by the Bulgarian Ministry of Justice.  She did so in March, 2020. 

Application to adopt from a Hague Country.

Step 3 – Nov, 2020 – CIS Approval

Despite everything being closed in 2020 due to Covid, Ana was able to complete her home study quickly. Then we helped her submit her I800-A Application  which resulted in her CIS Approval.  This is a key dossier document used in the foreign country for your eligibility as an adoptive parent.

Bulgarian Government approval for adoption.

Step 4 – Jan, 2021 – Bulgarian Registrar

Ana submitted her entire dossier including their CIS Approval and approved home study (or home study for expats)  to Bulgaria in 2020.  Then a month later, in January of 2021, the Bulgarian Central Authority (CA) issued her official registration confirming that her dossier has been “inscribed in the registrar”.  

Mom and her adopted daughter bonding.

Step 5 – March, 2021 – Meet Her Daughter

Right around a year after submitting her MOJ application, and despite Covid delays, she was able to go and meet her daughter physically in Bulgaria.  It is an amazing match. One that only Jesus Christ can put toghether so well. 

Yesterday, May 19, 2021, we got news that Ana’s court hearing will be in June.  We can’t wait to send her back to Bulgaria shortly thereafter – so she can pick her daughter up! 

Finish Home Study 8 Months
Get CIS Approval 1.5 Months Later
Inscribed in Bulgarian Registrar 1 Month Later
Meet Daughter 2 Months Later
Covid Delays 3 Months (Mid March – Mid June)
Trip 2  Expected in July 2021

Continue Your Adoption Research

We are humbled to have over 19 years of experience with Bulgarian and Polish international adoption.  Let our experience enrich your research.  The answers to these questions about the process are written through experience and know how.  Sometimes the answers may surprise you for the better.  Text us or call us with any questions.  704 527 7673.
International Adoption Agency has 19 years of experience.