Qualifications to Adopt From Bulgaria

To bring an adopted child to the United States from Bulgaria, you must be found eligible to adopt by the U.S. government. The U.S. government agency responsible for making this determination is the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

In addition to the U.S. requirements for adoptive parents, Bulgaria also has the following requirements for adoptive parents:

  1. Legally married heterosexual couples & single heterosexual females are eligible to adopt: 
    • in which at least one applicant is a U.S. citizen.
    • who are at least 25 years of age.
    • at least 15 years older than the adopted child.
    • who are no more than 50 years between the younger spouse and child (there is some flexibility for older children 9 years and above), and no more than 55 years age difference between child and Older spouse. Single adopters will be no more than 50 years difference.

    NOTE: Preference is given to families with one or two children. Older children or special needs have no limit on children already in the home.  Also, single heterosexual males by law may adopt, however it is very rare a single male will get a referral.

  2. Applicants’ income must meet the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) requirements as specified in Form I-864P for 125% of the current Poverty Guideline:  https://www.uscis.gov/i-864p

All qualified applicants are permitted to adopt orphaned sibling groups, if available, or two unrelated children.

Bulgaria is a party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention).