Adopt from Bulgaria

This program is open and accepting applications

SPENCE-CHAPIN BEGAN ITS ADOPTION PROGRAM IN BULGARIA IN 1995. Every month we hear about new children who are ready for adoption. 

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Where is Bulgaria?


Waiting Child Process

Bulgaria is a Hague Convention Country. Bulgaria’s Central Authority that is responsible for all intercountry adoption matters is the Ministry of Justice. Spence-Chapin’s foreign supervised provider in Bulgaria is ANIDO.

This is a waiting child program. At this time, Spence-Chapin will only be recruiting families in this program for specific waiting children. Please visit our waiting child page to learn more about waiting children in Bulgaria.

In Bulgaria, applicants to adopt must meet the following criteria:

  • Age: Up to 55. Applicants over 55 should consult with Spence-Chapin. Applicants should be at least 15 years older than the child they intend to adopt.

  • Marital Status: Heterosexual married and unmarried couples as well as single men and women. At this time Bulgaria does not recognize adoptions by LGBTQ couples.

  • Medical: Identified medical conditions, including mental health diagnosis, will be considered on a case by case basis by the foreign country’s Central Authority, the Ministry of Justice.

Characteristics of children available for intercountry adoption:

  • Gender: Male and Female*

  • Ages: 0-10 years old at the time of referral

  • Race/Ethnicity: Bulgarian, Turkish, Roma*

  • Sibling groups: Sibling groups of up to two on a case by case basis.

  • Special Characteristics: All children placed through this program have special needs. The following needs have been identified by our foreign supervised provider as the most common needs of children waiting for adoption from Bulgaria: unpredictable or unknown developmental delay, cerebral palsy, hydrocephalous, microcephaly, epilepsy, polymalformative syndrome, blindness, spina bifida, autism spectrum disorder, and down syndrome.

*Families are not permitted to gender specify.

Approximate length of adoption process:

  • Since this is a waiting child program and families will be recruited for specific waiting children, there is no wait time to be matched with a child. Families applying to adopt a specific waiting child should be previously home studied or be willing to undergo additional pre-screening before entering the program since dossier submission must occur within 6 months of submitting a letter of intent to adopt a specific waiting child. The entire process is estimated to take 12-18 months.


  • In order to complete the adoption process, families will be required to make two (2) trips to Bulgaria of approximately 1-2 weeks each in length. The second trip may only require one parent to travel.

Read the Department of State adoption alerts about Bulgaria here.