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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, including trauma and loss. 
  • 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 complex developmental trauma. 
  • Other common special needs include developmental delays, intellectual and physical disabilities, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, prematurity, low birth weight (and related medical issues and delays), heart murmurs (often resolved), skin conditions, issues related to malnutrition, behavioral and learning disorders, autism spectrum disorder and Down syndrome.
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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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Bulgaria Adoption FAQs

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Help Protect International Adoption for Children

Your gift today will help a child be adopted, care for them while they wait, and even ensure that they receive critical post-adoption help for life!

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.

Learn About Adoption Grants

There are many resources available to help you finance your adoption.

Adoption Info Meetings

Check out our free adoption information meetings through our branch offices.

Apply Online

If you’re ready to start your adoption process, applying online is secure and easy.

Inquire About Bulgaria Adoption

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Holt International has adoption programs in these locations: