Who Can Adopt from Bulgaria

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Adoption between the United States and Bulgaria is governed by the Hague Adoption Convention. Therefore to adopt from Bulgaria, you must first be found eligible to adopt by the U.S. government. The U.S. government agency responsible for making this determination is the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

In addition to these U.S. requirements for prospective adoptive parents, Bulgaria also has the following requirements for prospective adoptive parents:


There are no residency requirements to complete an intercountry adoption in Bulgaria. However, prospective adoptive parents are expected to spend five days with their adoptive child before the orphanage director will release the child.

Age of Adopting Parents

Prospective adoptive parents must be at least 15 years older than their adoptive children.


Under Bulgarian law, prospective adoptive parents can be a heterosexual married couple or a single person. Here the law does not specifiy orientation.





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