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. 

CHILDREN IN NEED OF FAMILIES

  • 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

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
  • 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.

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.

CHILDREN IN NEED OF FAMILIES

  • Colombian heritage families are eligible to adopt infants, toddlers and pre-school age children
  • Children of all ages with significant medical needs, such as Down syndrome, HIV, and developmental delays
  • School-age boys and girls, including siblings
  • 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. Seeking pioneer-spirited gay or lesbian couple or single parent to adopt from Colombia.
  • Applicants aged 55 and older should consult with Spence-Chapin
  • Applicants’ mental health and medical conditions will be considered on a case-by-case basis
  • Matched with a child 6-24 months after dossier submission
  • 1 trip of about 4-6 weeks
  • Post-adoption reports required at 6, 12, 18, and 24 months after the child comes home
  • Hague Convention Country
  • Wait time to be matched with a child varies based on age of child. Estimated from 6-24 months after dossier submission
  • 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 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 IN NEED OF FAMILIES

  • Toddlers and pre-school age children with medical special needs

Common medical conditions include HIV, 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
  • Applicants’ mental health and medical conditions will be considered on a case-by-case basis
  • Matched with a child 12-18 months after dossier submission
  • 1 trip of approximately 4 weeks
  • Post-adoption reports required at 6 and 12 months and then annually for 5 additional years
  • 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.

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


Where is South Africa? 

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