About the Adoption

The adoption of a person, who habitually resides in Bulgaria, is allowed in compliance with the Family Code provisions. When the person to be adopted is a Bulgarian citizen, with habitual residence in Bulgaria, the consent of the Minister of Justice must be obtained, and the adoption is performed by the Sofia City Court. .


Only a child habitually residing in Bulgaria and entered in the register of the Ministry of Justice may be adopted by a person habitually residing abroad who has submitted a permission for adoption of a child pursuant to the laws of the country where they habitually reside and entered in the Ministry of Justice register.

 

REQUIREMENTS TO THE PROSPECTIVE ADOPTIVE PARENTS:

 

They shall be eligible to adopt under their national law; 

They shall not suffer from serious chronic, contagious or venereal diseases, tuberculosis, HIV and other life threatening diseases;

They are not and have not been deprived of their parental rights;

They were never convicted;

A single unmarried person or a legally married couple only may adopt;

They must submit all necessary documents required under the Bulgarian legislation;

They must be registered in the Ministry of Justice register of prospective adoptive parents habitually residing abroad and wishing to adopt a child under the conditions of full adoption;   

Prospective adoptive parents must be at least 15 years older than the child they apply to adopt. When the child is adopted by a couple at least one of the parents must meet this requirement.