Bulgarian Traditional Adoption
Bulgarian Adoption Completed in 20 Months
If you’re willing to adopt an older over the age of 7, your will likely wait less than 6 months to be matched.
This family of ours waited only 3 months to be matched with their Bulgarian children. See their story below!
Bulgarian Adoption Timeline?
How Long Did It Take to Adopt from Bulgaria?
|Finish Home Study||10 Months|
|Wait for Referral||3 Months|
|First Trip||1 Month Later|
|Second Trip||6 Months Later|
See Other Parents' Timelines
We have a few other families who are happy to share their stories and their timelines. To see how long it took them to adopt, please see:
Jeremy and Jessica’s Timeline
Step 1: Paperwork Ready!
Jeremy and Jessica completed their home study and got her CIS approval in about 10 months. Their home study agency, Adoption Home Study Service of Ohio did a good job! (If you are a US citizen living abroad, the home study is a bit different. You can read about that process here).
Step 2: Accept the Match!
Once the family turned in their completed paperwork to the Bulgarian Ministry of Justice, they only waited 3 months to be matched. They accepted their referral for siblings, boy and girl, ages 8 and 9. The children were described as “healthy” by the Ministry. Here is a video of Jessica getting “the news”!
Step 3: Meeting Their Children!
Jeremy and Jessica traveled to Bulgaria to meet their children for the first time. The trip is only about 5 to 7 days. At the end of it, they signed the paperwork necessary to adopt their children and the case was approved by the Bulgarian courts.
Step 4: Goodbye Orphanage!
The second trip is of course, our favorite. It is the one where the parents grab their kids and leave the orphanage! As an adoption agency, that is our favortie moment! Enjoy the video documenting 2 less orphans!
Bulgarian Traditional Adoption
It took Jeremy and Jessica about 20 months, from start to finish to complete all the steps in the process! Jessica was kind enough to take some pictures of her surroundings so future parents can know what to expect when they think of what a Bulgarian orphanage looks like? Also, she shares some of her thoughts about the orphanages and the process in the videos below.
If you’d like to hear more of our adoptive parents share their thoughts on what the orphanages in Bulgaria look like, we invite you to see Lori’s Interview from 2017 or Christian and Cassie’s Interview from 2021.
Bulgarian Orphanage Conditions
AirBnB in Sofia
How Can I Afford to Adopt?
With our agency, which we believe is unique, the cost of the adoption becomes due on your own timetable, not ours. We call this a “floating fee structure”.
We also offer 37 month financing which lets you make a fixed monthly payment for 37 months. Some of our parents love this option because it lets them spend less money before they can qualify for grants.
Getting the adoption tax credit also helps parents with the cost of international adoption.
Learning about the process by seeing how different families went through each step can be a good learning experience for future adoptive parents. We've shared several stories, each with real timelines, and steps, as they happened in real life to real families.
Christian and Sandra's Story
Finished adoption in 27 months.
Monica and Manny's Story
Finished adoption in 25 months
Jeremy and Jessica's Story
Finished adoption in 20 months
Stacy and Sam's Story
Finished adoption in 18.5 months
Finished adoption in 18 Months
Finished adoption in 20 months.
Paul and April's Story
Finished adoption in 28 months
Mike and Megan's Story
Finished adoption in 30 months
Daniel and Alexandra's Story
Finished adoption in 36 months
Continue Your Research
We are humbled to have over 21 years of experience with Bulgarian, Polish and Serbian international adoption. We also help parents adopt children with special needs such as Down Syndrome. Continue to learn about the process and your options by checking the links below. If you have any questions, we offer a FREE, No-Obligation Consult. The consult is a great place to start your research.
Text us or call us with any questions. 704 527 7673.
Learn More About Home Study Process
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Difference Between Home Study and Adoption Agency?
Why Do I Need an Accredited Agency?
What is a Child Abuse Clearance?
"One Less Orphan" Stories:
Monica and Manuel’s Adoption – 25 Months
Christian and Cassie’s Adoption – 27 Months
Jeremy and Jessica’s Adoption – 20 Months
Samuel and Stacie’s Adoption – 18.5 Months
Daniel and Alexandra’s Adoption – 36 Months
Paul and April’s Adoption – 28 Months