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Bulgaria ratified the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in respect of Intercountry Adoption in 2002. It is therefore a country whose adoption orders the UK recognises. The Bulgarian Family Court confers full adoption orders and therefore once adopted in Bulgaria the adoption is recognised in the UK.
IAC has entered into a co-operation agreement with Family National Association, a non profit organisation based in Sofia with extensive experience of working in intercountry adoption. FNA have programmes with the USA and Canada as well as with European countries such as Germany and Italy. Their web site provides full details of the organisation.
The children who need adoptive parents in Bulgaria have a range of needs.
Whilst occasionally healthy children as young as 12 months are referred the majority of children referred are
IAC would not consider a pre matching arrangement with any prospective adopter(s) until they were in Stage 2 of the approval process.
Many children are abandoned or relinquished due to the death of their parents, poverty, single parenthood, and unemployment. The children live across Bulgaria but many are within the Sofia area or close to the Black Sea resorts.
If prospective adopters are willing to accept minor correctable health problems then the waiting time will be reduced.
Please see the Information Pack for details of further eligibility criteria.
Prospective adopters who wish to use the Bulgaria Special programme must be:
Prospective Adopters living outside of the Local Authorities who contract IAC to undertake their assessments may need to request an assessment of their Local Authority before joining the Bulgaria Special Needs programme but please speak to IAC before you make an enquiry about becoming an approved adopter
There is a charge for this service and further details concerning the service and the costs can be found in the Information Pack.
For further information about the special programme please contact the IAC Advice Line through the Contact Us link.