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Eligibility Criteria:

Married couples and singles. There is no requirement regarding the length of marriage or prior divorces. 

Profile of Children:

While children can be as young as 12 months at the time of referral, the majority of children that are referred are older and with some special needs.

How children are received into care:

Most of the children are placed into institutions or foster families after being abandoned or relinquished by their parents. The reasons for abandonment are numerous: poverty, unemployment, single parenthood and others. Children are brought by the Social Services to the institutions where they remain until the time of adoption.

The Referral Process

The matching of children and families is conducted by the Ministry of Justice based on the best interest of the child and the possibilities of the adoptive parents to provide the physical, mental and social well-being of the child. 

What happens if the family declines the referral proposed to them?

The adopting parents can keep their registration number in the register in the event of refusal due to health problems of the child, for which the adopting parents haven’t been informed preliminary or haven’t explicitly stated that they are ready to accept. In cases of refusals, the International Adoption Council refers the child to other prospective adoptive parents. 

Where Children Live:

There are different cervices for abandoned children. There are few types of institutions, family type centers for placement of children and foster families.

The institutions are separated in 3 typed depending on the age of the children:

Institutions for children from 0 to 3 – Homes for medical and social childcare services

Institutions for children from 3 to 7 – Homes for children deprived of parental care

Institutions for children from 7 to 18 – Homes for children deprived of parental care

Travel to Bulgaria

 Two trips are required to Bulgaria. The first trip is approximately seven days and takes place after the adoptive parents have accepted the referral. During this trip adoptive parents meet their child, Vesta staff and the orphanage staff. The length of the first trip can be reduced if there are extraordinary circumstances. Only one of the adoptive parents can travel.

During the second trip the family takes custody of their child and after receiving the passport and the visa (is necessary) the family can leave Bulgaria. The second trip is not mandatory and the child can be escorted by someone from Vesta if the family has provided the necessary power-of-attorney. Adoptive parents are fully supported by Vesta staff throughout their entire stay on both trips.  

Profile of Children:

While children can be as young as 12 months at the time of referral, the majority of children that are referred are older and with some special needs.

Length of Process:

The wait time is dynamic and varies. It depends on the number of children and prospective adoptive parents in the register. It also depends on the openness of the parents to adopt a special need child or older children for whom the wait is shortened significantly. 

Ethnic background:

Children come with Bulgarian, Turkish and Roma background. The majority of the children are Roma