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, including the best attorneys, to work with in Bulgaria.  The overall adoptions from Bulgaria have been increasing in recent years.  Bulgaria’s adoption process is some of the easiest when compared to other countries.

Bulgarian Born Agency President
Two Bulgarian children adopted.

To God be Glory for 2 Less Orphans!

It has been a pleasure serving you Jeremy and Jessica!

Frequently Asked Questions – Bulgaria Adoption

Bulgarian Adoption Process Explained

Bulgaria Adoption Process – “Traditional”

Step 1

Select a country that suits you.  Find an accredited agency that has experience 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. (See a family who recently accepted their child)

Step 7. 

Trip one.  Meet your child.  Before leaving, give consent to continue adoption. (See a family’s blog showing their videos/pics from their first meet)

Step 8.

Few months later, on your second trip, go to pick up your child. (See a family’s blog who recently picked up their children from the orphanage)

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Bulgaria Adoption Process – “Waiting Child”

Step 1

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

Step 2

Use an accredited agency to submit your “MOJ Application” to Bulgarian MOJ.

Step 3

Upon approval of your application by MOJ, let your agency help you with the paperwork – same as “traditional”. (Includes Home Study, CIS Approval, and Dossier)

Step 4.

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

Step 5.

Use an accredited agency to 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. (See a family’s blog showing their videos/pics from their first meet)

Step 7. 

Few months later, on your second trip, go to pick up your child. (See a family’s blog who recently picked up their children from the orphanage!)

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Combining Both “Waiting Child” and “Traditional”

In order to adopt a Bulgarian child, whether you pursue a traditional adoption or the expedited waiting child adoption, you ultimately have to complete the same adoption requirements.  Therefore, since the adoption paperwork, such as the home study, CIS approval and dossier are the same, you could always start traditional and switch to waiting child if you like.

This means that if you have taken the decision to adopt, you might as well begin on the paperwork requirements.

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 waiting 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 more quickly which would be in his/her best interest.

Adopting a waiting child can be a much quicker process 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 a waiting child adoption, especially if the child is over 7, or if they are siblings.

A traditional Bulgarian adoption can take longer, but you can specify more about the age and health characteristics of the child that you wish to adopt.  You can also eliminate known medical risk factors.

Our latest traditional adoption was also very quick – about 15 months from start to finish!  Read about it here.

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Bulgarian Adoption Cost

Bulgaria Adoption Cost – Waiting Child Route

 – Same overall cost as “Traditional” 

– Grants may be available – 

 

Waiting Child 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
Upon MOJ Approval  $ 1,600 Euro After MOJ approves your appliation
Dossier Fee $6,500 6 – 9 Months later in compliance with MOJ deadline (PayPal or check)
1,000 Euro Wire to Bulgaria
Foreign Fees
Before First Trip 3,000 Euro and $3,000 Before first trip (Wire and PayPal)
PayPal Available
After First Trip 1,400 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

 

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 Experience with Bulgarian Adoption

Our Promise 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.

 

 

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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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