While the overall number of children living in institutions in Bulgaria has greatly diminished, Bulgaria still has the highest rate of institutionalized children in Europe. Tragically, over 50% of Bulgaria’s orphans are of Roma descent—a group that has been heavily discriminated against throughout Europe.


Over the past 10 years, AGCI has implemented policies in Bulgaria that have drastically changed the landscape of international adoption. 10 years ago, there were 144 orphanages in Bulgaria. Today, thanks to AGCI’s advocacy, the number of institutions has dropped to 57. Through AGCI’s education and family support programs, more children are also able to stay within their families or grow up in loving foster or adoptive families. In 2007, 8,019 children were struggling in Bulgaria’s orphanages and today, 1,300 remain. Additionally, AGCI’s inter-country adoption work helped make it possible in 2016 for 493 children in Bulgaria to unite with their forever families, compared to just 95 kids in 2007.

Our goal is for all of Bulgaria’s orphanages to close their doors. Our prayer is for every orphan to grow up within a family—whether it’s their biological family, a foster family, or an adoptive family!


We’re so proud! Students enrolled in our Bulgaria vocational training program recently made the news! These amazing kids were featured in the local news for their cooking class graduation.

Finding Families for Orphans

AGCI has over 25 years of experience uniting children in Bulgaria with their forever families. To date, we’ve placed over 620 children with their loving adoptive families through our Bulgaria adoption program.

AGCI also believes that finances should never prevent families from uniting with their child—which is why over the past two years, families adopting through AGCI’s Bulgaria program have received over $104,838 in adoption grants.

Supporting Orphans Aging Out

AGCI’s Vocational Training program for Bulgaria’s aging out orphans has expanded to two homes in Dobrich and Belogradchik. These programs aim to serve a generation of kids who did not have access to the intervention programs that we are now launching today.

Through training and mentorship, older orphans are able to pursue their dreams while learning valuable skills so they are able to create successful, independent futures. In the past year, 138 aging out orphans received vocational training to help facilitate a healthy transition into adulthood. Recent graduates of our Bulgaria Vocational Training program have undergone training in cooking, driving, hairdressing, and massage therapy.

Changing the System

Following a soft closure of international adoption in Bulgaria, AGCI sought out the new Minister of Justice to revolutionize the adoption process. Under AGCI’s guidance, Bulgaria implemented a new countrywide Hague adoption process and advocacy tools for orphans with special needs.

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


The Gift of Rebeka

“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be . . .

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Could She Be Your Daughter?

UPDATE: We are so excited to share that Rosemary has found her forever family! To learn about other children still waiting for their forever family, visit allgodschildren.org/adoption/. 11-year-old Rosemary is brimming with potential to blossom into a confident and creative daughter under the nurture and love of a stable family. With her winsome smile and kind, . . .

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Financing Your Adoption

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;” Proverbs 3:5   Adoption costs can feel overwhelming. It’s important to remember that you are not alone—we have seen God provide financially for families countless times. There are so many ways to make adoption a reality for your family! We’ve outlined . . .

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The World’s Orphan Crisis

There are 8 million orphans living in institutions today. Tragically, most children living in institutions will grow up without ever knowing the love of a family. Due to deeply rooted systematic problems such as lack of access to education, corruption, poverty, and misguided policies, children are kept out of the arms of loving families. In . . .

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How We Work: Prepare

AGCI is committed to transforming lives through Independence programs that give older orphans the tools they need to thrive. We do this in two primary ways: Vocational Training and Education Through education and vocational training, we’re working to help orphans transition to independence, break the cycle of poverty, and create successful futures. These programs give . . .

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What Are Special Needs?

It’s time to readjust what many families think it means to adopt a child with special needs! What many adoptive parents don’t realize is that special needs, or medical conditions, fall on a spectrum—a child with a medical condition could mean something as simple as a hearing or vision impairment. It can also mean Down . . .

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16-year-old Galya has spent the past 4 years in an institution. Tragically, her mother passed away and her father felt unable to care for her and her two younger siblings. Galya’s hope is to become a manicurist so she can support herself when she ages out of care in the coming years. Thanks to AGCI’s Vocational Training Program, Galya graduated from her manicurist course this past January! This training has given Galya the skills and confidence she needs to create a successful future for herself outside of an institution.