Bulgarian Children Need You

SPENCE-CHAPIN BEGAN ITS ADOPTION PROGRAM IN BULGARIA IN 1995. Spence-Chapin partners with ANIDO, a Bulgarian non-governmental organization licensed by the Ministry of Justice, Bulgaria's central authority for adoption. Many of the children waiting for adoption are healthy school age children and sibling groups. Every month we hear about new children who are ready for adoption and it is typical for a family to be matched with a child within 6 months.

CHILDREN IN NEED OF FAMILIES

  • Healthy boys ages 9 and older, healthy girls ages 12 and older
  • Sibling groups with at least one sibling over age 10
  • Some children have physical and/or intellectual disabilities
  • Toddlers and children with significant medical needs

Common medical conditions include Hepatitis B, auditory and visual impairments, extreme prematurity, developmental and/or learning delays, and unpredictable cognitive challenges.

  • Children reflect the full range of ethnicities in Bulgaria and are primarily of Roma descent

Family Story

Dave and Kristine adopted three siblings from Bulgaria – hear their story!

PROGRAM DETAILS

  • Heterosexual married couples, single men, and single women are eligible to adopt
  • Applicants 55 and older should consult with Spence-Chapin
  • Matched with a child 6-12 months after paperwork submission
  • Travel approximately 3-4 months after acceptance of referral
  • 2 trips of 7-14 days to Bulgaria
  • Post-adoption reports required at 6, 12, 18, and 24 months after the child comes home
  • Hague Convention Country

Compare all adoption programs: download Adoption Program Grid


Where is Bulgaria?

Read the Department of State adoption alerts about Bulgaria here.

Colombian Adoption

SPENCE-CHAPIN BEGAN ITS ADOPTION PROGRAM IN COLOMBIA IN 1994, when we were approved by Instituto Colombiano de Bienestar Familiar (ICBF), the central authority for intercountry adoption.

Currently, close to 8,000 children in Colombia ages 10 and older are waiting for a family.

All adoption houses have teams of social workers and psychologists that work with children around issues of grief, loss, and preparing for the transition into an adoptive home.

COLOMBIA HOST-TO-ADOPT PROGRAM (FANA)

We are currently accepting applications for fall 2016! We partner with The Foundation for the Assistance of Abandoned Children (FANA) for a special host-to-adopt program. This is an opportunity for New York City area families to host a child or children in their home for three weeks before finalizing the adoption. Participating children are boys and girls (including sibling groups) ages 11-14. Read more on our blog.

CHILDREN IN NEED OF FAMILIES

  • Healthy boys and girls from 9 years to 15 years old
  • Children with special needs ages 3 - 15 years old

Common medical conditions include Hepatitis B, auditory and visual impairments, extreme prematurity, developmental and/or learning delays, and unpredictable cognitive challenges.

  • Children reflect the full range of ethnicities that exist in Colombia, including Latino, Afro-Colombian, and Amerindian.

FAMILY STORY

Chris and Cathy adopted their daughters from Colombia – hear their story!


PROGRAM DETAILS

  • Heterosexual married couples, single men and women are eligible to adopt from Colombia
  • Applicants aged 55 and older should consult with Spence-Chapin
  • Matched with a child 6-12 months after paperwork submission
  • 1 trip of 6-8 weeks
  • Post-adoption reports required at 6, 12, 18, and 24 months after the child comes home
  • Hague Convention Country

Compare all adoption programs: download Adoption Program Grid


Where is Colombia?

Read the Department of State adoption alerts about Colombia here.

 

South African Adoption

SPENCE-CHAPIN BEGAN ITS ADOPTION PROGRAM IN SOUTH AFRICA IN 2013. We partner with Johannesburg Child Welfare Society (JCW), a social service agency serving Johannesburg families since 1909. Spence-Chapin’s adoption program finds families for young children with special needs and sibling groups. Children receive excellent medical treatment at JCW.

CHILDREN IN NEED OF FAMILIES

  • Children with special needs ages 1-8 years old

Common medical conditions include HIV, Hepatitis B, auditory and visual impairments, extreme prematurity, developmental delays, and unpredictable cognitive challenges. Due to the HIV epidemic, there is a specific need in finding families for children who are HIV+.

  • Children will reflect the full range of ethnicity that exists in South Africa
  • Families are asked to be open to being matched with a child of either gender

FAMILY STORY

Chris and Mary share their story of adopting their daughter from South Africa here.


PROGRAM DETAILS

  • Single men and women, married & unmarried couples, heterosexual and LGBT parents
  • Applicants aged 48 and older should consult with Spence-Chapin
  • Matched with a child 12-18 months after paperwork submission
  • 1 trip of 4-6 weeks
  • Post-adoption reports required at 6 and 12 months and then annually for 5 additional years
  • Hague Convention Country

For more information about adopting a child with HIV, view our HIV Myth Vs. Fact video for family stories and resources.

Humanitarian Aid

In April 2011, We were delighted to open our first Granny Program in Africa at JCW’s Othandweni Family Care Center in Soweto. Read more


Compare all adoption programs: download Adoption Program Grid

Where is South Africa? 

Read the Department of State adoption alerts about South Africa here.