International Adoptions in Bulgaria
The Family Code of the Republic of Bulgaria allows the adoption of Bulgarian children by parents who are not Bulgarian citizens. The basic guideline is that the adoption should be made in the interest of the child.
It is also required that adoptive parents obtain the consent of the Bulgarian Justice Minister in advance. To do so, they need to submit an application to the Minister of Justice requesting his consent to adopt a particular Bulgarian child. Attached to the application should be evidence that the adoption is in the child’s interest, as well as information about the adoptive parents, such as their age, health, assets, a clean criminal record, etc. These must be accompanied by declarations produced by the natural parents by way of which they give their consent to the child’s adoption, or the consent of the chief physician of the social institution from where the child is being adopted, should this be the case.
After receiving the minister’s consent, the adoptive parents should apply to the First Regional Court in Sofia which reviews all of the gathered evidence and rules on the application for adoption.
Documents for an international adoption in Bulgaria
- Adoptive Home Study
- Motivation for adoption
- Adoptive Father
- Adoptive Mother
- Marital Relationship
- Net worth
- Ability to raise children
- Physician’s report:
- Medical and physical examination
- Psychiatric condition
- Birth certificates of both adoptive parents
- Marriage certificate
- Criminal and traffic report
- Proof of financial assets
- Declaration of intent, stating that the adoptive parents will not use the child for medical experimentation.
All the documents should be legalized with a notary public.
The Bulgarian Consulate makes the last certification of all documents without being involved in the adoption procedure itself. The adoptive parents go through the procedure by themselves or through their authorized representatives, such as an attorney or an agency specialized in international adoptions.
You can find additional information on international adoptions on the following website www.icacentre.org.uk