Foundation “Sunshine for our kids”

Requirements Documents


1. A permission to adopt a child pursuant to the laws of the state where the adoptive parent(s) habitually reside.

2. A document certifying that the adoptive parent(s) are/isandwas/were notdeprived of parental rights, issued by a competent body of the state of habitual residence of the adoptive parent(s).

3. A social report on the adoptive parent(s), containing also data about the members of their family, including their health status.

4. Document on the health status of the adoptive parent(s), which reflects the physical and psychological health of the person, absence of serious chronic, infectious and venereal diseases, AIDS, tuberculosis and other diseases endangering their life.

5. Document certifying the absence of criminal convictions of the adoptive parent(s).

6. Marriage certificate or Birth Certificate if single;

7. Short description of the adoptive parents – personal data, nationality and citizenship, copy of the identity document- personal ID card or passport.

8. Power of attorney by the adoptive parent(s) for “Sunshine for our kids” Foundation to represent them and to mediate in carrying out the activity for adoption of child/childrenhabitually residents ofBulgaria.

9.    Signed contract between the adoptive parent(s) and “Sunshine for our kids” Foundation.

 Form of medical certificate


Frequently asked questions

Eligibility criteria?

Married couples and singles. There is no requirement regarding the length of marriage or prior divorces. 

Is it possible for us to undertake actions for adoption directly in Bulgaria?

That is absolutely forbidden (and is a violation of the law)!

Length of process?

The waiting time is dynamic and varies. It depends on the number of children and the number of prospective adoptive parents in the register. It also depends on the readiness of the adoptive parent(s) to adopt a child with special needs or older children for whom the wait is shortened significantly. 

Who selects and proposes the child to be adopted by us?

The matching of children and families is conducted by the Ministry of Justice based on the best interest of the child and the possibilities of the adoptive parents to provide physical, mental and social well-being for the child. 

What will happen if we refuse the proposal?

The adoptive parent(s) may keep their registration number in the register in the event of refusal due to health problems of the child, for which the adoptive parent(s) haven’t been informed in advance or haven’t explicitly stated that they are ready to accept. In cases of refusals, the International Adoption Council refers the child to other prospective adoptive parents. 

When should we travel to Bulgaria and how long we need to stay?

Two trips to Bulgaria are necessary. The first trip is after accepting the proposal for adoption and the stay is 5 days long. During this first visit the adoptive parent(s) meet the child and make contact with it in the populated area of the institution, in which the child is placed. Upon the second trip the family assumes the custody on the child, and after receiving the passport and the visa (if necessary) he/she may leave Bulgaria.

Shall we have a translator?

Each family receives fully focused services, performed with responsibility and care by the experts working at the “Sunshine for our kids” Foundation, including an accompanying translator to and from the relevant language for the entire period of stay of the family.

When we go to take the child from the home where he/she is placed, should we bring clothes and shoes for him/her?

Yes, it is advisable. Of course, the child will wear clothes and shoes, but he/she will leave the home with the clothes and shoes that you are going to bring him/her. A few sets of clothes and shoes should be provided for, which the child is going to wear until his/her departure from Bulgaria. It is a good idea to leave the clothes and shoes from the Home for the other children. 

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