Our Bulgarian representative in country have been working diligently for years to attract the public’s attention to the problem in Bulgaria of the delay in registration of the children for intercountry adoption. A group has been formed to develop clear and precise rules for the social services within the Ministries in Bulgaria to allow the children to become registered for adoption quicker. This video tells an amazing story of a 16-year-old girl who recently traveled home with her forever family to the United States! You can watch the video here.
Adoptive parents should be at least 15 years older than the child they are adopting and there are no upper age restrictions, although Nightlight in general considers it best that there be no more than 45 years between you, the parents, and your child. This requirement can be more flexible with families adopting school-age children and children with special needs. Bulgaria also has no restrictions on family size, making it a great option for larger families. Married heterosexual couples and single women are accepted into the program.
You receive a referral of a child from Nightlight Christian Adoptions through the Bulgarian Ministry of Justice. The referral will include a brief social history of the child, and the current health and development of the child. We highly recommend that you have this information reviewed by a doctor who specializes in international adoption before you make a decision. Once you decide to accept a referral, you will be considered “matched” with the child. You coordinate travel dates with Nightlight and will travel to Bulgaria within two months of accepting your referral. Both parents are required to travel in this initial trip. During your trip, you will visit your child for 5 business days getting to know your child and begin bonding with him or her. During these daily bonding visits, a social worker will observe your interactions with the child and prepare a recommendation for the court. At the end of your bonding trip, you will meet with our attorney sign the official referral acceptance and the power of attorney to be represented at the court hearing. The court hearing is usually scheduled 6-8 weeks after your 1st trip, depending on how quickly the necessary document on the child are obtained and how quickly you complete and file your I-800 form with USCIS. After the court hearing, the adoption becomes final and the adoption decree is issued 7 days later. Once you receive the court decree, the attorney will obtain a new birth certificate and schedule appointment for your child’s passport, medical exam, and visa. Once the appointments are set, you will be provided travel dates to come and pick up your child and. Only one parent may travel on the second trip, which will take 10 days. While in Bulgaria, you will take your child to apply for a passport, take your child to get evaluated at the medical clinic approved by the Embassy, and visit the US Embassy in Sofia to obtain your child’s visa.
Nightlight Christian Adoptions is committed to preparing families for the adoption of a child with special needs. We provide pre- and post-adoption education and information regarding medical resources.
To learn more about our Bulgaria Adoption Program, you may contact us, call our office at (502) 423-5780, or email inquiries to Gracie Trujillo, at email@example.com
Bulgaria is an excellent program for families open to adopting older children. Learn more about adopting an older child HERE.