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. 


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.

Travel:

  • 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.

Where is Bulgaria?

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Read the Department of State adoption alerts about Bulgaria here.

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Adopt from Colombia

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.


Waiting Child Process

Colombia is a Hague Convention Country. Colombia’s Central Authority that is responsible for all intercountry adoption matters is the Instituto Colombiano de Bienestar Familiar (“ICBF”). Spence-Chapin’s foreign supervised provider in Colombia is Carmen Elena.

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

  • Age: Up to 55. Applicants over 55 should consult with Spence-Chapin. If intending to adopt a child 0-8, applicants should be under 50.
  • Marital Status: Both heterosexual and homosexual married and unmarried couples as well as single men and women. Individuals with more than one divorce should consult with Spence-Chapin.
  • Medical: Identified medical conditions, including mental health diagnosis, will be considered on a case by case basis by the country’s Central Authority, Instituto Colombiano de Bienestar Familiar.

Characteristics of children available for intercountry adoption:

  • Gender: Male and Female*
  • Race/Ethnicity: Colombian, Afro-Colombian, Mestizo Colombian*
  • Ages: 0-10 years old at the time of referral. 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 Colombia: unpredictable or unknown developmental delay, physical disabilities and down syndrome.

*Families are not permitted to gender or race specify.

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

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 8 months of submitting a letter of intent to adopt a specific waiting child. The entire process is estimated to take 12-18 months.

Travel: 

  • In order to complete the adoption process, families will be required to make one trip to Colombia of approximately 4-6 weeks in length. Couples must both travel to country and be present for finalization in court.

Colombia Heritage

Colombia is a Hague Convention Country. Colombia’s Central Authority that is responsible for all intercountry adoption matters is the Instituto Colombiano de Bienestar Familiar (“ICBF”). Spence-Chapin’s foreign supervised provider in Colombia is Carmen Elena.

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

  • Age: Up to 55. Applicants over 55 should consult with Spence-Chapin. If intending to adopt a child 0-8, applicants should be under 50.
  • Marital Status: Both heterosexual and homosexual married and unmarried couples as well as single men and women. Individuals with more than one divorce should consult with Spence-Chapin.
  • Medical: Identified medical conditions, including mental health diagnosis, will be considered on a case by case basis by the country’s Central Authority, Instituto Colombiano de Bienestar Familiar.
  • Applicants applying to this program must have a Cedula.

Characteristics of children available for intercountry adoption:

  • Gender: Male and Female*
  • Race/Ethnicity: Colombian, Afro-Colombian, Mestizo Colombian*
  • Ages: 0-10 years old at the time of referral; families must at least be open to a specified age range of 0-4 yrs and 11 months at the time of referral
  • Sibling groups: Sibling groups of up to two on a case by case basis.
  • Special Characteristics: Children adopted through this program may have no identified special needs and a potential for normal growth and development.

*Families are not permitted to gender or race specify.

Predicted wait time to be matched with a child:

  • Approximately 18-24 months after dossier submission.

Travel:

  • In order to complete the adoption process, families will be required to make one trip to Colombia of approximately 4-6 weeks in length. Couples must both travel to country and be present for finalization in court.

Read the Department of State adoption alerts about Colombia here.

 

Adopt from South Africa

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


South Africa is a Hague Convention Country. South Africa’s Central Authority that is responsible for all intercountry adoption matters is the Department of Social Development. Spence-Chapin’s foreign supervised provider in South Africa is Johannesburg Child Welfare. 

In South Africa, applicants to adopt must meet the following criteria: 

  • Age: Up to 48. Applicants over 48 should consult with Spence-Chapin.

  • Marital Status: Both heterosexual and homosexual married and unmarried couples as well as single men and women. Married couples who have not been married for at least 3 years should consult with Spence-Chapin.

  • Family Composition: Families with 4 or more children will not be eligible to adopt from South Africa. South Africa requires that families adopt within birth order.

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

Characteristics of children available for intercountry adoption: 

  • Gender: Male and Female*

  • Race/Ethnicity: Black South African, Zulu, Xhosa*

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

  • Sibling groups: Siblings usually are not in need of intercountry adoption from South Africa.

  • 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 South Africa: HIV and unknown or unpredictable developmental delays.

*Families are not permitted to gender or race specify. 

Predicted wait time to be matched with a child: 

  • Approximately 18-24 months after dossier submission.

Travel: 

  • In order to complete the adoption process, families must make one trip to South Africa of approximately 4-6 weeks in length. Couples must both travel to country and be present for finalization.


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

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