Category - Bulgaria

1
Mar

Adopting from Bulgaria: Frequently Asked Questions

Naturally families who are considering adoption have many questions! Adoption from Bulgaria has grown in popularity over the years, and continues to be an excellent program. Below are some of the frequently asked questions of prospective adoptive families interested in our Bulgaria program. Is it possible to adopt a baby from Bulgaria? Children who are …

20
Feb

What Happens When Families are Matched with a Child from Bulgaria?

The international adoption process is a long one, and adoption from Bulgaria is no exception. Families diligently wade through mounds of paperwork, get fingerprinted numerous times, complete their education, submit their dossier, soak up everything they can about adopting from Bulgaria, and wait, wait, and wait some more. After what seems like an eternity, families …

8
Feb

Five Reasons to Consider Adoption from Bulgaria

Adoption from Bulgaria continues to be an excellent option, especially because of its flexible eligibility requirements. There is no marriage length requirement, no maximum number of children in the home, and single women are eligible to adopt from Bulgaria. Beyond its openness to adoptive families, there are several other reasons to consider adopting from Bulgaria: …

6
Feb

Bulgaria Adoption Story: The Diaz Family

We are Rafael and Christy Diaz.  Sofia (age 3) and Aleksandar (age 2) joined our family in July 2016 from Bulgaria! We met Sonja and Lydia at an event hosted by our church.  We then met with Nicole a few days later to gather more information and explore the details of each country’s program.  When …

29
Dec

Adopting from Bulgaria – A 2016 Program Update!

This was the year of sibling groups for our families adopting from Bulgaria, with five sibling groups matched in MLJ families in 2016! These sibling groups ranged in ages, from both children being under three years old, up to a brother and sister who are thirteen and nine years old, respectively. Two of the five sibling sets …

17
Aug

Tell Me About Traveling to Bulgaria!

Most countries require that a family travels to complete their adoption. Adopting from Bulgaria is no exception. Travel can be overwhelming for families; hopefully these frequently asked questions will assist you in better understanding what travel to Bulgaria may look like. How many trips are required? Families adopting from Bulgaria will travel to the country …

8
Aug

Bulgaria Adoption Program Demonstrates Consistency!

When a child first learns to walk, usually he wobbles around. His steps start and stop, and are rarely stable. As he gets better with more practice, his pace, steps and stability all become more consistent. While the wobbling is endearing and exciting for a parent, the goal is consistent walking. Developing a habit, learning …

18
Jul

We’re Interested in Adopting a Sibling Group; Where Should We Adopt From?

The children in need of families from each country are quite different. No child is more or less worthy of a family, but it is also important to understand how the need for adoptive families varies from country to country. Depending on the information known about a child or the procedures for completing the child’s …

25
Apr

Where Do Children in Bulgaria Live?

When a family begins considering adopting from Bulgaria, one of their first questions is usually, “Where do children in Bulgaria live?” In each country, that answer is different, and in Bulgaria the answer also varies to some degree. Children in need of families in Bulgaria usually live in either an orphanage or a foster family. …

9
Feb

Dedicated In Country Staff Serves Families Adopting from Bulgaria

Completing an international adoption requires a team of individuals of different skill sets, in different countries with different job responsibilities working towards the same goal – finding families for children in need. In Bulgaria, MLJ Adoptions partners with Vesta to serve the orphaned children and our adoptive families. This week, we were privileged to have …

20
Jan

What is an “Approximate Time frame”?

What is the approximate time frame for an adoption from Bulgaria? It is always a bit of a struggle to answer this question. It is a question with many answers, and yet really no answer at all.

11
Jan

Should I Change My Adoptive Child’s Name?

A question I get asked by many of the families I work with adopting from Bulgaria is, “Should I change my child’s name?”  The answer is a truly personal choice.  When I share the names of my children, I am frequently asked why I changed my children’s name when we adopted them, as it is …

6
Jan

Three Reasons to Choose MLJ Adoptions to Adopt From Bulgaria

Your family has decided to adopt from Bulgaria! What’s next? Once your family has decided where, the next big question is who. Who will you partner with on your adoption journey? The agency you choose to work with to adopt from Bulgaria will be a part of your life for the duration of your adoption journey. We are excited to share three reasons you should use MLJ Adoptions to adopt from Bulgaria.

16
Nov

Bulgaria Adoption Story: Helton Family

Adoption not only changes the lives of children, but also the lives of the rest of the family. We are delighted to introduce one of our courageous MLJ Adoptions’ Families who adopted a child with a serious medical issue from Bulgaria. During November, National Adoption Month, MLJ Adoptions is raising money for its Special Needs Adoption …

28
Sep

2015: A Year of Growth for our Bulgaria Program!

We are nearly three quarters of the way through 2015. Where does the time go? But for families waiting on referrals or waiting for their adoptive child to join their family, the time just creeps by. Our staff has been looking back on all that has happened in the past nine months in our Bulgaria …

31
Aug

Ukraine Hosting Creates Older Child Bulgaria Adoption Opportunities

In recent years, Ukraine has been a very popular country in which to adopt older school-age children through orphan hosting programs.  Because of a recent change in Ukrainian law, foreign families are no longer allowed to adopt healthy children under the age of five from Ukraine unless they are part of a large sibling group …

24
Aug

Dispelling Some Myths About Adopting from Bulgaria

Upon initial research into adopting from Bulgaria, some families have felt discouraged. Families may find online that the program is described as a “special needs only” program or that the wait to adopt a child without significant special needs will be excessive. We are grateful when we have the opportunity to speak with families interested in …

17
Aug

Adopt from Bulgaria!

MLJ Adoptions is proud of our Bulgaria program and grateful for the opportunity to serve Bulgarian children in need. Here’s a fun way to see the numbers prospective adoptive parents are often curious about.

25
Jun

Bulgaria is International Adoption Success Story

MLJ Adoptions’ Bulgaria program is an excellent option for families desiring to adopt a single child, a sibling group, or children with special needs. Bulgaria is a Hague Convention Country which introduces a level of stability and predictability into the international adoption process. In 2014, 18 children came home to MLJ Adoptions’ families. We are thankful …

11
May

Our Top 10 Blogs about Adopting from Bulgaria

We are very proud of our Bulgaria International Adoption Program. Already in 2015, our families have brought home five children and received four referrals. Adopting from Bulgaria continues to be a popular option for families wishing to add to their families through adoption.  We have written extensively about our Bulgaria program in this blog. In …

14
Apr

Two Referral Paths for Adopting from Bulgaria

Families adopting from Bulgaria have two paths to a referral: obtaining a traditional referral from the Ministry of Justice or applying to the Ministry of Justice to adopt a specific waiting child from the Waiting Child Photolisting.  The photolisting spotlights children in Bulgaria, and MLJ Adoptions’ other country programs, who are currently legally free for …

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