Adopting in Bulgaria

Agencies and the Ministry of Justice provide updated, comprehensive information about each child to prospective adoptive families and to families matched with a child.


Children Available for Adoption:

  • Children 18 months and older at the time of referral
  • Waiting children include children with special needs, sibling groups, or children 8 years and older who are considered healthy
  • Children of all ages with special needs

Parent Requirements:

  • Parents must be 25 or older
  • Single women may adopt
  • Single men may be considered on a case by case basis
  • The age difference between the child and the parents can be no more than 50 years from the youngest parent or single parent.
  • The older parent can be no more than 55 years older than the child.
  • Parents must be between 18 -50 years older than the child

Travel Requirements

  • Two trips to Bulgaria
    • First Trip: 7 to 8 days
    • Second Trip: 10 to 12 days
  • There must be 4 to 6 months between the two trips

Adoption Timeline

  • 1 to 2 months from submitting a dossier to registering with the Bulgarian Ministry of Justice
  • Waiting Children: 2-4 months from registration to match to a child
  • Non-special Needs: 5+ years from registration to match to a child