Adopt from Bulgaria

This adoption program is currently at capacity.

SPENCE-CHAPIN BEGAN ITS ADOPTION PROGRAM IN BULGARIA IN 1995. 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. 


  • Toddlers, pre-school age, and school-age children
  • Children with significant medical special needs
    • Common medical conditions include Down syndrome, 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


  • Heterosexual married couples, single men, and single women are eligible to adopt
  • Applicants 55 and older should consult with Spence-Chapin
  • Applicants’ mental health and medical conditions will be considered on a case-by-case basis
  • Wait time to be matched with a child varies based on age and medical needs of child(ren) and is estimated from 6 months – 5 years after dossier 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
  • Professional Service Fees: $7,000 for families living outside of the New York City metropolitan area and $10,000 for families who are local to Spence-Chapin’s New York City offices. Country and immigration fees are additional.
  • All families adopting through Spence-Chapin have access to the Adoption Finance Coach, who offers adoptive families the tools they need to create a customized financial plan to fund their adoption

Where is Bulgaria?

Read the Department of State adoption alerts about Bulgaria here.