The Bulgarian Adoption Process
International adoption can be an exciting process. When you partner with Upbring, we will help you through every step. If you family is seeking the adoption of a child who is either young and healthy or has very specific characteristics, the traditional program is for you. While each adoption is unique, this is a general outline of what you can expect from the traditional adoption process. **Please note that the process for a Waiting Child adoption will be different.
- You will Complete the inquiry form and return it to Upbring. You will be contacted by the Director of Adoption to discuss the program and, if you decide to proceed, you will be provided with a packet of introductory paperwork.
- You will participate in a home study and Hague-mandated training. Although we do not provide home study services, we can refer you to an experienced professional in your area.
- You will submit the I-800A form and a copy of the home study to the United States Citizen and Immigration Service (USCIS) for approval. To familiarize yourself with USCIS and this process, we recommend that you review their website.
- You will prepare a collection of documents required by the Ministry of Justice called a dossier and submit it for approval to be registered on the Bulgarian adoptive family registry.
- You will receive confirmation of your approval, and then you simply wait for a referral.
- When you receive a referral of a child, you will review it and either agree to proceed or decline the referral.
- If you proceed with the referral, you will travel to Bulgaria to meet the child. Plan for two days’ travel and five days in Bulgaria.
- If you still want to proceed, you will submit the I-800 paperwork to USCIS for approval.
- You will then wait for the adoption hearing to be completed and the child’s birth certificate and passport to be issued.
- At that time, you will travel to Bulgaria to complete the visa process, which will require another 5-7 days.
- You can then celebrate and return home with your child.
- Once home, your new family will participate in post-adoption support services through your local home study agency. During this time, a social worker will visit your home on 5 occasions over a 2-year period: within the first 6 weeks after arriving home, and then at 6 months, 12 months, 18 months and 24 months. At each visit, the social worker will assess the family to see how everyone has adjusted to the adoption and offer any support needed. The social worker will then write a report that Upbring will have translated and submitted to the Ministry of Justice.
- The final step is to readopt your child in a U.S. court and have another celebration.