Category - Bulgaria

27
Jun

Adopting from Bulgaria: More than Special Needs

Adopting from Bulgaria has grown in popularity over the past several years. MLJ Adoptions’ Bulgaria adoption program has abundantly flourished in recent years! We have had the pleasure of completing nearly 40 international adoptions from Bulgaria in the past three years alone. One reason we have been able to place so many vulnerable children with ...
4
Jun

More Referrals Received from Bulgaria!

As 2017 came to a close, we were excited about the number of referrals and children who had come in our Bulgaria program. It was our best year to date serving children in need of families and the families in the program! Until this year! Since the beginning of 2018, seven children have been matched ...
23
Apr

Consider Adopting a Sibling Group of 3 Children!

Where’s the need? How can we speed up the waiting process? These are two of the most common questions families ask at the beginning of the adoption process. Families adopting from Bulgaria can expect to wait 18-36 months to be matched with a child from when their dossier is submitted to the Ministry of Justice. ...
18
Apr

Bulgaria Adoption Story: The Loboda Family

We are the Loboda Family: Luke, Ashley, Noah (9), Jonah (7), Isaiah (5), and Eliana (3). From early on in our marriage, we knew that we wanted to bring an adopted child into our family. Ashley had volunteered in an orphanage in Ukraine and Luke in an orphanage in Guatemala. From these experiences, it was ...
19
Mar

MLJ Completed 30% of Adoptions from Bulgaria in 2017!

Choosing an adoption agency isn’t an easy task! Location, references, country programs and success can all go into picking the agency you choose to partner with on your international adoption journey. If your family has decided to adopt from Bulgaria, you have many options for an adoption agency, but there are several reasons to choose ...
28
Feb

Let’s Celebrate Baba Marta Day!

If you travel to Bulgaria in early spring, you might be surprised to see something in the trees around you. Strands of red and white thread, bracelets, and maybe even dolls will be tied to tree branches in Bulgaria- sometimes there will be so many bracelets that you can barely see the tree beneath them! ...
26
Feb

Working to Find Families for Children with Additional Needs

Simona Hoy works for Vesta, MLJ Adoptions’ Bulgarian partner organization. She primarily works to advocate for waiting children, who can be viewed on MLJ Adoptions’ Waiting Child Photolisting.  As much as it can be rewarding and personally satisfying to work in helping orphaned children, it may also often leave you with a heavy heart. I ...
19
Feb

Bulgaria Adoption Story: The Winstone Family

Hi y’all! We are the Winstone family: Tyler, Laura, and our children are Amos, 6, Eden (almost 5), and Esther (4). We’ve been married 9 years in May. Tyler works in the oil field, and I (Laura) stay-at-home, while working part time for my family’s accounting business. We also have a ranch as a family ...
14
Feb

A Spotlight on Adoption from Bulgaria!

The number of international adoptions has continued to dramatically decline over the past few years. Thousands of children are living their lives in orphanages in countries around the world, not necessarily due to the lack of desire to adopt them, but because of bureaucratic red tape caused by government. Many countries such as Ethiopia and ...
6
Dec

Adopting from Bulgaria- A 2017 Spotlight!

What a joy to see our Bulgaria program continue to thrive! This year, 19 children from Bulgaria were matched with MLJ families! The children ranged in age from one-year-old twin sisters to a fifteen-year-old boy. This year, MLJ Adoptions received nine referrals for single children, all three years old and under! We had two families ...
11
Oct

Adopting from Bulgaria: An October Update

Over two hundred children joined U.S. families last year from Bulgaria! It’s an increase in placements from 2015 when about 180 children joined forever families from Bulgaria. This increased number of placements demonstrates that Bulgaria is thriving adoption program! As the number of international adoptions is on the decline, more children each year from Bulgaria ...
11
Sep

Bulgaria Adoption Story: The DeArmond Family

Our names are Scott and Mary DeArmond and our sons are Colin (9), William (7) and Benjamin (5)! We were originally brought to adoption through our battle with infertility and deep desire to have a family. Looking back, it was all just part of our journey to our children. After we decided to adopt, we ...
24
Jul

Bulgaria Adoption Story: The Newbrander Family

Meet Dan & Laura Newbrander who pursued a Bulgaria Adoption. They have two sons; Sam is 2.5 years and Tom is 2 months old. Sam joined their family through international adoption from Bulgaria.
19
Jun

Bulgaria Adoption Story: The Jones Family

We are Ryan and Amy Jones. We have been married for 13 years, but we have known each other for 23. Ryan is a physical therapist and Amy is a part-time youth coordinator at our church. We have a 9 year old biological son, Carter. He is an energetic, silly, creative, 3rd grader! Our daughter, ...
14
Jun

Adopt Older Children from Bulgaria!

Children in need of families from Bulgaria are of all ages, but there is a specific need for families to adopt older children from Bulgaria. While not every family feels qualified or able to adopt an older child, several families in our Bulgaria program have seen the benefits of doing so. The age range of ...
5
Jun

Adopting from Bulgaria – A Current Snapshot!

Adopting from Bulgaria appeals to families looking for stable and predictable program. Prospective adoptive parents are often drawn to country programs with consistent wait times, so they can better predict how long they may wait to receive a referral. Families adopting from Bulgaria with MLJ Adoptions can expect to wait between 12-24 months from dossier ...
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 ...
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