Bulgarian Adoption After Covid

Adoption During Thru Covid – Going Smoothly!

Meet one of our families who is adopting their 4 year old daughter from Bulgaria, in 2021 despite Covid delays.

At the time of this blog, in February 2021, they have been in the adoption process for 13 months and we expect for them to be back home with their daughter in another 5 – 6 months!

So their process has been faster than most adoptions we’ve helped our parents with.  This family has done a phenomenal job with the paperwork!  Their home study agency, Caring Adoption Associates also did a wonderful job for them.  In addition, the Bulgarian authorities have been very flexible to help adoptive parents move forward with their procedures during Covid.

The Bulgarian Central Authority with approval from the US Embassy in Sofia has allowed Zoom visits, and taken away quarantine requirements with proof of Negative Covid Test.  Travel to Bulgaria currently is overseen by the embassy with a diplomacy note.  That is done with no delays.

See more pictures and more about this family’s timeline!

Zoom Vistin – February 2021!

One less orphan in process of being adopted from Bulgaria.
Adopting a waiting child from Bulgaria.

Bulgarian Adoption Timeline Thru Covid

This family signed their contract for a Bulgarian adoption with our agency in January of 2020. Now, less than 13 months later they met their 4 year old daughter through Zoom, despite Covid delays in the middle of their process.  That is an incredible timeline for any adoption.  Their story is a true blessing and should serve as inspiration to future adoptive parents! We’ll take you through their timeline below to show you how it worked out, and educate future parents about the steps in the process.
adoption contract

Step 1 – Jan, 2020 – Contract

In January of 2020, the family signed our agency’s contract for an adoption through Bulgaria.  This initiated their process and we set out to help them meet eligibility requirements for a Bulgarian adoption.
Bulgarian Government approval for adoption.

Step 2 – Jan 2020 – MOJ Application

Still in January, 2020, the family submitted an application directly with the Bulgarian Ministry of Justice (MOJ) about a particular child is one of the first steps on this route. In this case the MOJ approved the application quickly and the family set out to meet all eligibility requirements including an approved home study and a CIS approval.

CIS approval for adoption.

Step 3 – Sept 2020 – CIS Approval

Once the MOJ approved their initial application, the family set out to do their home study. Along with their home study, they turned in their I800-A Application to CIS who, as a result, issued their CIS approval.  This approval is a key document needed for your approval in Bulgaria.

Bulgarian Government approval for adoption.

Step 4 – Nov 2020 – Dossier to BG 

2.5 months later, the family’s entire dossier including their CIS Approval and approved home study (or home study for expats) was sent to Bulgaria to be translated and submitted with the Bulgarian Central Authority (CA).   The CA then proceeded to issue their official match with their 4 year old daughter. 

Adopting a waiting child from Bulgaria.

Step 5 – Feb 2021 – Zoom w Child

Bulgarian authorities, with the approval of the US Embassy, allows for parents to make first contact with their children through Zoom. These initail contacts are carried out much like as if they were in person, with there being an official representative of the orphange during the calls. Often times the child’s caregiver, or a social worker, or a child psychologist will be in attendance.  In attendance also are our partner’s representatives who are there to translate and help facilitate the meeting. The family was sweet enough to share iwth us this screenshot of their zoom. We can’t show you how cute she is quite yet, but we’ll have more to this story soon!

family adopting from Bulgaria.

 – Extra –

We love serving this family and can’t wait to send them to Bulgaria soon. Everytime we chat on the phone, their daughter asks us when her “sissy” will be coming?!? Its the cutest thing! 

Finish Home Study 6 Months
Get CIS Approval 2.5 Months Later
Offical Match Received 2 Months Later
Covid Delays About 2 – 3 months.
First Trip (Skype) 2 Months Later

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.