Category - Bulgaria


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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Adoption Story: Hawley Family

After waiting and praying and waiting and praying for what seemed like an eternity… in a court thousands of miles away, a judge read our paperwork and said “yes”. Nikolay was finally a Hawley! We are Patrick and Kristen Hawley. We have been married for 13 years and have been blessed with three wonderful boys, who ...

How to Adopt a Roma Child

As Americans, we may be less familiar with the historical discrimination against the Romani people. This may be because we do not have the same long-standing tension with the Romani people as is seen in many parts of Europe. Often Romani people are referred to as “gypsy,” though this term can be considered derogatory among ...

Bulgaria Adoption Story: We Can Be Their Someone!

It seems like Cian and Lila have always been a part of our family! They were just so beautiful and sweet, we couldn’t believe how lucky we were. Please meet Brian and Susanne Crotty and their gorgeous twins Cian and Lila! The Crotty family adopted two children through the MLJ Adoptions’ Bulgaria program. From Infertility to ...

Celebrate Your Adoptive Child’s Culture with Authentic Foods

As cooler weather is beginning to settle in for fall, I begin to crave the comfort and warmth that soup brings.  A warm bowl of soup just seems to hit the spot when the temperature begins to drop.  My Ukrainian children love Green Borscht (no beets allowed for those of you afraid of them.).  It ...
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