Announcing: Bulgarian Adoption Program


I am so thrilled to announce the start of our Bulgarian adoption program! I just returned from Sofia and I am excited about the possibilities that I see for families! I found Bulgaria to be a beautiful country and the people there were so friendly, even trying to use English when they could. I found our staff there to be very professional, friendly, experienced, connected and knowledgeable!

Michele Jackson, the executive director of MLJ Adoptions, Inc. and I were able to visit three orphanages during our trip. The orphanages were well staffed and the children well cared for! We saw some incredibly beautiful kids – all anxious for families! We saw a baby as young as 10 days old at one orphanage and had the opportunity to meet a fun group of 3-6 year old children children!

The changes in the family code will have a great impact in the future of adoption from Bulgaria. In September, our staff is expecting things to really take off! An influx of new referrals will make Bulgaria a great option for many families! They are open to single men and women as well as married couples. There is a restriction that a parent has to be 15 years older than the child they are adopting, but otherwise it is a fairly flexible program.

I can not wait to be a part of this wonderful program and witness the plan that God has for these beautiful children! Soon we will be leaving for Haiti – and exploring the possibilities of helping children there find their forever families!

Lydia Tarr works as the International Program Director for MLJ Adoptions’ programs in Bulgaria and Ukraine. She is the adoptive mother of four children from Ukraine and was recognized as a 2013 Angel in Adoption by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s (CCAI) Angels in Adoption Program.