Country: Bulgaria Adoption

Age Range: 2 and older
Sibling Groups: Yes
Medical Special Needs: Moderate to Significant
Marriage Length: 1 year
Single Women: Yes
Expat Accepted: Yes
In-Country Travel: 2 trips; total of 3 weeks

We are currently seeing families matched with children with Down Syndrome who are 2-3 years old. Families are also matching with children 5 or older with minor to moderate medical special needs. We occasionally see families matched with sibling groups as well.

Families can choose either a traditional referral route or choose to pursue a waiting child. In the traditional route families register their dossier with the Ministry and wait to receive a referral. If pursuing a waiting child, the family is able to learn about children on the waiting child portal and submit a pending application to be reviewed by the Ministry before moving forward. Many waiting children will be older or have more significant medical special needs. The official match is made by the Ministry of Justice in Bulgaria.

The process of adopting from Bulgaria is dependent on the matching route a family pursues. Families in the Waiting Child route will likely experience a 12-18 month process. Families in the traditional route may experience 2-4 years depending on a family’s openness to age range, medical special needs and sibling groups.

Families will travel to Bulgaria on two trips. The first trip is approximately 7 days and includes daily visits with the child for bonding. The second trip occurs 4-6 months later and is approximately 10-14 days. The child will come into the family’s care at the beginning of the trip and families will attend important appointments to complete visa paperwork. Lifeline has an amazing team in country who walk alongside families each step of the way and provide support during the stay in Bulgaria. Lifeline’s team provides translation and guide services during the stay.

About Bulgaria

The Lord has allowed Lifeline to serve in Bulgaria since 2011. Lifeline has a great relationship with the Ministry of Justice and our Foreign Service Provider, Family National Association. Through the work of these deep rooted relationships, we have seen over 70 children come home through international adoption since 2010. 

The Need

Lifeline works diligently to advocate for the children of Bulgaria, regardless of age, special need, or ethnicity through a waiting child list and through educating and preparing families to give these children a forever family.

How You Can Help

Adoptive families who are open to pursuing children with Down syndrome, older children, sibling groups, and children with medical needs would find Bulgaria to be a great adoption program to pursue! 

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