“We would share with all families considering adoption that AGCI is the perfect agency to choose. They are very knowledgable, loving, and truly care for each child they are working for. Know that each step and tedious amounts of work is worth it–seeing and holding your child for the first time will melt your heart. Your time and wait invested is not wasted. Go for it and you will be blessed.” — Courtney McArthy, AGCI Adoptive Mom

How to Adopt from Bulgaria

Program Overview         Eligibility        Fees        Process        Staff        Apply


As Bulgaria moves towards placing more children into foster care while they wait for their forever families, AGCI supports this transition by ensuring that the children still in institutions receive the best possible care. AGCI has improved orphan care in government orphanages through food and nutrition support, supplying diapers, clothing, and bedding, and providing donations for increasing the caregiver ratio. This elevated care helps children thrive while they wait for their forever families!

Since 1991, AGCI has placed over 500 children from Bulgaria with their adoptive families. AGCI is a leader in Bulgaria adoptions and we helped to establish the country’s first “waiting child” program in 2008. As a result, over 1,000 children now have families through this program. In the past year, approximately 10% of all US adoptions from Bulgaria were completed by AGCI. Many of the children adopted through AGCI’s Bulgaria program are 2 years old or younger at the time of placement. Additionally, there are numerous grants available to help make adoption an affordable option—over the past two years, families adopting through AGCI’s Bulgaria program have received over $104,838 in adoption grants.

  • Children ages 2 to 14 years old and sibling groups are waiting.
  • Adoption timelines can vary depending on an adoptive family’s openness to factors such as gender, age, and medical conditions.
  • Each month we receive information from Bulgaria about waiting children for whom we can advocate.
  • AGCI places children in Bulgaria through the MOJ registration process and by advocating for waiting children.
  • Timeframe: 1-5 years.
  • Complete a FREE Pre-App to view waiting kids.

With her winsome smile and kind, gentle spirit, Rosemary is brimming with potential to blossom into a confident and creative daughter.

Who Is Eligible to Adopt From Bulgaria?

Age of Parents

Parents between the ages of 23 and 49 years old may adopt a child older than 12 months. Parents who are 50 to 55 years old, may adopt a child who is 5 years or older.

Marital Status

Couples married at least one year are welcome to adopt. Each spouse may have up to two divorces. If there is a history of divorce, the current marriage must be more than two years.

Single Applicant

Single women may adopt.

Children in Family

Families with children are welcome to adopt from Bulgaria.


Families must have a positive net worth and an income of at least $10,000 per family member, including the adopted child.

Criminal History

Applicants cannot have a history of felonies and no more than two misdemeanors in their lifetime.

Medical History

Applicants who have a past or current diagnosis of a life-threatening or communicable disease or other condition that impairs their ability to parent are ineligible to adopt.

How Much Does it Cost to Adopt From Bulgaria?

The approximate cost to adopt from Bulgaria is $32,555. Cost does not include airfare, lodging and other fees associated with travel.

It’s important to keep in mind that the estimated cost of adopting from Bulgaria after tax credits is $17,365! To learn more about adoption tax credits, grants, and how to fund your adoption, schedule an appointment with our Financial Expert.

Additionally, there are so many ways to fund your adoption! You can learn more about AGCI specific grants, adoption loans, and employee benefits and more on our How to Fund Page!


APPLICATION: $350 This non-refundable fee covers the cost of a review of your application to confirm your eligibility for your desired program. (Due at application)

U.S. AGENCY: $6,000
* The agency fee covers AGCI’s cost to facilitate your adoption with agency and government officials
in both the United States and foreign country. Processing expenses for AGCI include, but are not limited to, personnel costs, administrative overhead, operational costs, staff training and education, state, federal, and international licensing and accreditations, communications and insurance. (1/2 Due with completion of orientation and 1/2 due with dossier submission)

PROGRAM FEE: $2,500* This fee provides care for orphans around the world and allows AGCI to provide the medical, emotional, spiritual, and developmental care that every child deserves. (Due with completion of orientation)

POST-ADOPTION SERVICE: $1,750This fee allows us to provide post-adoption support services to your family and process post-adoption reports. (Due with completion of referral packet)

*If adopting siblings, agency and  1st program fees increase.


HOME STUDY SERVICES: $2,500 These fees cover our services in preparing and completing your adoption home study, including any applicable social worker travel costs. (Due with completion of orientation)

POST-ADOPTION SERVICES: $400 per report; $225 per report for each additional child. These fees cover the cost for AGCI to provide post-placement visits and reports upon arrival home. (Due with completion of referral packet)

*These fees may vary if payable to your home study agency for families living outside of AGCI’s licensed states.

NON-AGCI HOME STUDY REVIEW: $350 Any home study written by one of AGCI’s cooperating agencies will be reviewed by AGCI to ensure it meets all AGCI, USCIS, Hague and sending country criteria. Home study and Post Adoption service fees are paid to your cooperating agency. (Due with completion of orientation)


$14,450* These fees cover the cost of facilitating an international adoption in Bulgaria. These fees include, but are not limited to costs related to personnel, administration, training and education, legal fees and communications associated with government and agency authorities, government fees, and care of your child prior to the completion of your adoption. (Due with completion of dossier and referral packet as indicated on fee schedule)


Adoptive Parent Referral Education:$250
Adoptive Parent Home Study Education:$500
IAAME Accreditation Monitoring & Oversight:$500
FBI Fingerprinting:$85 per adult
USCIS & Immigration Related Fees:$775+
Notary Services, County & State Authentication:$250+
Document Authentication and Translation Fees:$400-$3600
Travel Expenses:$3,000-$15,000

The approximate cost to adopt from Bulgaria is $32,555. Cost does not include airfare, lodging and other fees associated with travel.

Fee Disclosure: All fees paid to AGCI are paid in advance of service. AGCI fees are non-refundable and may not be waived. If services are terminated and a refund is due, all refunds will be processed within 60 days of withdrawal and/or closure of the adoption file upon receiving the Adoption Termination Contract.

“When we submitted our application to AGCI in February of 2011, we had no clue what we were getting into. But what we found was that AGCI is not only an amazing agency that offers continual advice and support, but they were both our cheerleaders and our “shoulder to cry on” so to speak. Our International Adoption Specialist was and is amazing and being able to work with her made a sometimes extremely difficult process a lot easier. She was always available to answer any of our crazy questions, and she did it with enthusiasm and sincerity. And, although we know she has a large number of families and cases, she always made us feel like ours was important. We were never just a number to her.”
— Patrick and Courtney Davis, AGCI Adoptive Parents

The Bulgaria Adoption Process


Complete home study and dossier.


Wait to be matched with your child and then begin the referral process.


After completing the referral process, both parents must travel to meet your child for a bonding trip of 5-7 days.


After meeting your child in Bulgaria, the adoption will be finalized through the Bulgarian court system.


Once the adoption is finalized, your family will travel a second time to Bulgaria for 11 days to bring your child home.


Welcome home! AGCI and Bulgaria require post-adoption reports prepared by a licensed social worker to be submitted on 3, 6, 12, 18, and 24-month anniversaries of your child’s arrival into the U.S. Parents are also required to complete their state’s re-adoption process.  Parents are also required to complete their state’s re-adoption process.  AGCI is here for support throughout your child’s life—connect with us at anytime for ongoing support services!

Bulgaria Adoption Team


We work directly with Vesta, an agency in Bulgaria to facilitate all adoptions as well as assess the different needs within orphanages. Milena has served as part of our dedicated team and Vesta for the past 8 years!


Connie Cummings, Bulgaria International Adoption Specialist
Connie joined AGCI in 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Religion. She spent the last 20 years working with the world’s needy and marginalized in international relief and development. As an adoptee and an adoptive mother, she’s excited to combine her personal experience with her chosen profession to help the orphan crisis around the world. She’s inspired every day to work with adoptive families who have heard God’s call in their lives to adopt!



AGCI supports vulnerable working families through a daycare fund which provides much needed training and care for children with medical conditions.



4,282 orphans received elevated care through our holistic model, caretaker trainings, and facility improvements to orphanages.



In the last year, AGCI supported 138 aging out orphans with vocational training programs.



AGCI created a pathway to family for 8,019 orphans in 157 institutions by introducing a new model for inter-country adoption.

“Our International Adoption Specialist really had every detail down. She knew what we needed to expect and do at each step. She gave solid advice and became a friend in the process.  We appreciated her more than she probably knew.”
— AGCI Adoptive Parents Dan and Amber Ramsey