I heard a quote somewhere. I know this is probably not exactly it… but close.
“Why did you adopt from China?” The mom answered, “Because that is where my daughter was.”
It is the beginning of the year when those of us on the adoption journey, often assess and regroup. We look back over the past year and either decide we are going to start the process of adoption or, those of us already homestudy ready, going to change something… anything… Some of us decide to change from domestic adoption into an international plan or vice versa.
It can get confusing when you look at all of the countries that are Hague approved for adoption. And not all agencies are able to do an international homestudy. Like most of you, I heard about China, Korea, Haiti, and countries like that which have available children waiting for homes. But I had never really heard much about Bulgaria, had you?
Bulgaria is north of Turkey and south of Romania. The adoption program is very established and surprising to me, you can actually match with a child prior to completing your homestudy. Romania has few requirements:
- Prospective parents must be US citizens
- Prospective parents must be 25 years older than the child but no more than 50 years older than the child
- 2 trips are required each trip approximately 1 week long
- Adoption fees including travel are approximately $35,000.
I can honestly say after hearing all of the nightmare scenarios of domestic adoption; this is quite tempting.
Inna Picar of Kidsfirst Adoptions shared a few situations that she has right now that are waiting for families to say yes and surround these children with the love of a family. All of these children are currently in the orphanage in Bulgaria.
These two brothers, 11 and 12 years old must be adopted together. They are both healthy physically and are developmentally on target. Both boys take care of their own hygiene appropriately. The older brother likes to keep his personal space tidy. He completed third grade has great communication skills and is curious about things. He likes to memorize poems and play soccer. He really wants to be a part of a family. The younger brother is described as lively, happy and stubborn. He is currently in third grade and likes writing and math. He loves to draw, paint, do puzzles, and play with his brother. He says over and over again that he would like to be adopted.
These three brothers are 10, 12 and 15 years old. All three boys are described as being healthy and having normal physical and mental development. The oldest child has great communication skills with both adults and children. He adapts easily into new environments and does well at school. He is involved with basketball and swimming. The middle child is very well behaved, respects authority, and follows the rules. He interacts well with his peers and adapts easily to new environments also. He plays football, volleyball, and other sports. He is a great student; being disciplined and responsible in his studies. The youngest brother adapts well and likes to help with the younger children in the orphanage. He is very social and does well in school; being responsible and disciplined.
This boy is fourteen years old is healthy and has normal physical and psychological development. He has age appropriate motor, intellectual, emotional and speech development. He is social and adapts well to different surroundings. He likes being helpful and likes to be busy. He is doing well in school. He loves drawing, construction, and making models.
This little guy is three years old and has been diagnosed with Down syndrome. He often suffers from upper respiratory infections. He is otherwise healthy, but his psychomotor development is delayed. He walks with support and sits on his own. He knows his name, imitates sounds, and says syllables. He prefers to play independently, rather than with his peers. He seeks and accepts contact with adults and peers. He shows an interest in his surroundings and has a positive emotional tone. He needs individual work with occupational therapy
Inna Picar also told me she has other sibling groups, single children, girls and special needs children available right now. As I stated before, you can decide on a child to adopt and match with them prior to having your international paperwork complete. If you are interested in speaking to someone about the Bulgaria program, its requirements and your eligibility; please contact :
Kids First Adoption Services
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 317-843-2300
9135 N Meridian St. Suite B-4
Indianapolis, IN 46260