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International Adoption Tip: Bulgaria!

What costs around $12,000, takes only two brief trips for one spouse, and allows parents of almost any age to adopt?

Hot tip:  Bulgaria.

Fully 50-75% below the price of other Eastern European adoptions, Bulgaria is a country which may be trusted.  Adoptive parents receive a photo and medical info about a prospective child before travel.  Should they feel the need to decline that referral, they can keep on receiving referrals for as long as there are children available.  And once they start the adoption process, no one from Bulgaria or elsewhere can swoop in and adopt the child for themselves.

Say it isn’t so-!

What’s more, the dossier is not thicker than a phone book, and no eight-doctor medical is required.  Documents are fairly straightforward and easy to obtain.

In terms of travel to Sofia, one or more parents may travel for the first meeting of five days with the child.  Available children range from 1 to 16 years old, most of the healthy ones over the age of 3 or 4.  There is no need to appear for court a couple of months later, that’s what you have a Bulgarian attorney to do-!  When all is ready, you travel to present your child’s papers at the U.S. Embassy in Sofia, arrange for a visa to the U.S., and take your leave.

C’mon, what’s the downside?

Depends on your perspective.  As in most foreign countries, the child must be seen by at least three Bulgarian families and rejected before being offered to a foreigner for adoption.  It could take 1 to 2 years for a healthy referral, so you’ll need to have time on your side, but special needs children are expedited.   Many of the children being presented for adoption have Roma (gypsy) backgrounds, rather than being ethnic Bulgarians—this would mean somewhat darker skin, eye, and hair color.  The country also does not have a huge track record of foreign adoptions, but the influx of Bulgarian adoptees has been steadily growing over the past few years, according to the U.S. State Department, since Bulgaria is seen as a “friendly”, pro-adoption nation.

Those are the cons.  That’s it.

If you believe this is too good to be true, it may be.  You’ll have to do your own investigations, but one of our correspondents is singng its praises.

Bulgaria:  sounds like a country whose time has come.



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