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Adopt from Bulgaria

In Bulgaria, Holt works alongside local partner agency Vesta — an agency that shares our mission to advocate for the rights of children living in institutions to join permanent, loving families through adoption.

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Many children in Bulgaria are waiting for a loving, permanent family.

In Bulgaria, many older children, children with special needs and sibling groups are waiting to be matched with adoptive families. Most Bulgarian children eligible for international adoption have also experienced some degree of trauma, and families will need to be prepared to parent a child with complex needs. The Bulgaria program is however one of the most flexible and open programs in terms of parental eligibility. Throughout your adoption process, Holt’s U.S. staff will also work closely with you to ensure you feel informed and prepared every step of the way. We go above and beyond to provide all the resources and assistance you need, including a detailed, trauma-informed adoptive parent education uniquely tailored to your family and the specific child you hope to adopt.

Children in Bulgaria Who Need Families

  • Boys, girls and siblings, ages 2-15, of Bulgarian, Turkish and Roma heritage are waiting for families. 
  • The majority of children in need of families are 5-14 years old or part of a sibling group. Children have varying degrees of special needs, from minor and correctable to more complex. Learn more about Disabilities & Medical Conditions in Special Needs Adoption.
  • The most common special needs are related to institutionalization, abuse and neglect, and children adopted from Bulgaria will need adoptive parents who are prepared to meet the needs of children with developmental delays and/or a history of trauma.
  • Other common special needs include prematurity, low birth weight (and related medical issues and delays), skin conditions, issues related to malnutrition, speech delays, heart murmurs (often resolved), learning disorders, and intellectual and physical disabilities.
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Meet the children waiting for a family

To preserve children’s confidentiality, you will be asked to log in or sign up before you access the waiting child photolisting.

Eligibility Requirements & Fees

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Need help funding your adoption?

Families adopting through Holt receive free, professional guidance and support from a one-on-one finance coach throughout their adoption process. Even if you’re just considering adoption, email us to set up your first consultation today!

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Start Your Journey in Adoption

Whether you are considering adoption or are ready to apply to adopt, we have many free ways for you to explore our programs or get started.

Request Free Adoption Information

Click below to complete our inquiry form or email us at [email protected] to connect with one of our adoption specialists.

Adoption Info Meetings

Check out our free, virtual adoption information meetings open to families in all 50 states!

Apply Online

Ready to start your adoption journey? The first step is to create a Holt portal account, then submit an application. Click below to log in or create a new portal account. If you’re already in touch with Holt or have worked with Holt previously and do not have a portal login, email [email protected] to access your account!

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Inquire About Bulgaria Adoption

Holt is ready to answer your questions! It only takes a few minutes to submit your inquiry. Our adoption specialists will be in touch with you within one business day.

Holt International is a Hague-accredited agency with adoption programs in these locations: