Bulgaria Adoption

Bulgarian Adoption – Frequently Asked Questions

Bulgaria Adoption - "Waiting Children" Steps


This is a brief overview of steps.  To hear more detail about the Bulgarian Adoption Process, we offer free group seminars over phone and Skype.

You can also take advantage of a free consultation – upto 1 hour. Scheduling is typically done 3 business days in advance.

We want to educate you about the process, and this consultation is a courtesy from us – regardless of where you are in the process.


Bulgaria Adoption Cost - "Waiting Children"



Approximately $29,500.


For any one given child, you apply directly with Bulgarian MOJ (Central Authority).  They decide to approve your application or not.


Key:  We DON’T charge you to submit applicaiton, so you know for sure where you stand before spending any money.


Most agencies will charge you.  We don’t.  Find out more  704 527 7673.




Waiting Child Fee Schedule
MOJ Application Submission Free (most agencies charge for this)
MOJ Approval (or denial) Free
Upon MOJ Approval 1,600 Euro Wire to Bulgaria
Agency Applicaiton Fee $300 Due with application
Agency Fee $6,200 Payment Plan Available
Dossier Fee $6,500 Due 6 – 9 months after Agency Fee – on MOJ time table. 
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 $21,000 and 8,000 Euro




Payment plans spreading out fees (using credit card) are available. PayPal Available for domestic fees. For more detail on cost and FINANCING, please CLICK HERE.





Bulgarian Adoption Cost - "Traditional Route"

Approximately $29,500.

The fees for adopting a child thru the traditional route are the same as the waiting child route. 

However, the schedule will be different.  Traditional is more flexible because it is more on your schedule – since there is no timeframe provided by the Bulgarian MOJ.  

Referrals of children who are toddler age, and considered to be “healthy” (by Bulgaria), or atleast with less serious special needs may take upto 36 months, on a case per case basis.  The older the child you’re willing to adopt, the less of a wait.

The cost for “traditional” is the same as “waiting child”. 

Payment plans spreading out fees (using credit card) are available. PayPal Available for domestic fees. For more detail on cost and FINANCING, please CLICK HERE.

Traditional Fee Structure

Applicaiton Fee $300 Due with application
Agency Fee $6,200 Payment Plan Available (Due with signed contract -PayPal or check)
Dossier Fee $6,500 On your time table – when you complete your dossier (PayPal or check)
1,000 Euro Wire to Bulgaria
Foreign Fees
First Trip 5,000 Euros and $5,000 After you’ve been matched and accepted your child. (Wire and PayPal)
Second Trip 2,000 Euros and $3,000 After court date has approved you as parents. (Wire and PayPal)
Total $21,000 and 8,000 Euro


Bulgaria is very light on travel.  2 Very Short trips.  About 7 – 10 days each.  No Court Appeareance necessary.  Our attorneys complete court requirements for you in between trips.

Watch this video to see what one mom says about traveling to Bulgaria.


Age of the Children

Children of all ages area avilable for adoption from Bulgaria.  Children in the “traditional route” considered by the Bulgarian MOJ to be in reletaviely good health who are between the ages of 1 and 4 will pose the longest wait time. 

From there on, children from 5 – 8 will take less waiting. 

And children over 8 will take the least amount of anticipated waiting.  Which will likely be under a year. 

For more info on how the time frames can vary and how your input plays a role, please contact us and we will explain. 


The timing will vary whether you go “waiting child” or “traditional”, with “Traditional estimated to take longer.

Adopting a “waiting child” can take only take about a 1.5 years.  Or even less.

Watch the video to hear one adoptive mom share how long it took from initial application to meeting her son.

Do I Qualify

Waiting Child:  Very much lessened req’s.  It is more of a case by case scenario – you apply directly with MOJ.  They decide.  KEY: we don’t charge you anything to help you apply and find out.

Traditional:  Have to be 15 years older than child. No more than 50 year difference.  No lenght of marriage req.


St. Mary's Advantage

Our Founder and CEO, Lina was born in Bulgaria.  She spent most of her adult life in Bulgaria where she obtained her Ph.D.  Having lived there, she’s personally known the best attorneys in Bulgaria before they even knew they’d work together one day (now) to help people adopt children.  She understands the culture.  Knows how Bulgaria works.  Knows the best people.

Our first Bulgarian child was placed in 2002.




With Bulgaria adoption, you can pursue both “Waiting Child” and “Traditional” route at the same time. 

Ultimately, you have to complete the same amount of paperwork.  So if you decide to apply for any given waiting child – directly with the Ministry of Justice in Bulgaria, it looks better if you can say that you’ve already been making progress on your paperwork. 

If you concentrate on your paperwork and are simultenously monitoring the waiting children, your chances to be approved for a waiting child become more favorable.  

Looking at waiting children does not in any way get in the way of you submitting your application for the tradtional adoption process.

You can have your appliation submitted for traditional, and also be looking at the waiting chidren.    

The two can be done parallel to each other at the same time. 

Give us a call to find out more.  704 527 7673.

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We think it is important for adoptive parents to understand the cultural and economic facts about the country they are planning to adopt from.  It is helpful to understand the situation and the circumstances surrounding the people and children. Below are a few facts we took from CIA’s website.  To read in depth about Bulgaria, click on the map and it will take you to this source. 

  • Religion: Eastern Orthodox 59.4%; Unspecified 27.4%   
  • Literacy: Total population: 98.4%     
  • Population: 7.1 million 
  • Unemployment: 28.4%

Verse of Day - December 12, 2017

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

Luke 2:11

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