Bulgaria is a party to the is a party to the Hague Convention on Protection and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption, ensuring that adoptions take place in the best interests of the child and with respect for his or her fundamental rights
The Central Authority under the Hague Convention is the Ministry of Justice, which is responsible for all the activities, related to the intercountry adoptions, such as accepting applications of adoptive parents, keeping the register of children available for adoption and the register of prospective adoptive parents, giving approvals for adoption signed by the Minister of Justice and others.
The Interccountry Adoption Council at the Ministry of Justice has important consultative powers in relation to the intercountry adoptions. The Intercountry Adoption Council is a permanent body, that has sessions on a weekly basis and among its main functions is to approve the matchings of the children.
The Bulgarian legislation provides for the activities related to facilitation of intercountry adoptions to be conducted only by non-governmental organizations, accredited by the Ministry of Justice and registered in the Public Register of the Ministry of Justice. To be able to adopt from Bulgaria, the prospective adoptive parents should appoint a Bulgarian accredited organization to represent them.