Your family has decided to adopt from Bulgaria! What’s next? Once your family has decided where, the next big question is who. Who will you partner with on your adoption journey? The agency you choose to work with to adopt from Bulgaria will be a part of your life for the duration of your adoption journey. We are excited to share three reasons you should choose MLJ Adoptions to walk alongside your family as you adopt from Bulgaria.
Experienced and Compassionate Team Our MLJ Adoptions’ foreign and domestic Bulgaria staff are composed of caring and experienced professionals who are committed to supporting our families before, during and after adoption. Families wishing to adopt from Bulgaria will primarily work with Lydia Tarr, MLJ Adoptions’ Eastern European Program Director. Not only is Lydia an ardent adoption advocate, but she is also the mother of seven children, four of whom were adopted from Eastern Europe.
In addition, families who adopt from Bulgaria with MLJ Adoptions will work with our Social Services Staff who have over a combined 50 years of experience in serving children and families. When you receive your referral information from Bulgaria, a Social Worker will review the information with you to ensure that the child being referred is a good match for your family. Based on the referral, which usually contains medical and social information, our team will identify additional resources for you to familiarize yourself with before your child arrives home. The Social Worker will also assign a personalized education plan tailored to the needs of your referred child and family situation. It is our goal to prepare, support and walk alongside you on your family’s adoption journey.
Our partner NGO in country, Vesta, is accredited under the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Cooperation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption and in accordance with authority granted by the Ministry of Justice of Bulgaria. For over sixteen years, they have dedicated themselves to the mission of helping abandoned and orphaned children find families and have better and brighter futures.
Results In 2015, we received referrals for 17 children aged one and a half to fourteen years old, including three sibling groups. Eighteen children came home to loving, permanent homes. The process of adopting a child from our waiting child list is usually expedited. Three families received referrals through the waiting child program in 2015. This program gave three older children, ages 11, 13 and 14 years old the opportunity to be adopted into their forever families. The families who were matched through the traditional referral path waited an average of 15.4 months from when their dossier was submitted to the Ministry of Justice to being issued a referral.
The Community MLJ Adoptions encourages our families to build an adoption community not only for the sake of the parents themselves, but also for the children. Everyone benefits from receiving support and encouragement from individuals who have shared experiences. Our families who have brought children home from Bulgaria are an exceptional group of caring individuals who are willing to speak with prospective adoptive parents and answer any questions they may have. It is not uncommon for our families with children home to reach out to our new Bulgaria families and to provide encouragement and support. Each year MLJ hosts an open house for children and families to attend in Indianapolis, and each year more and more children attend the event.
For more information on adopting from Bulgaria, please contact us.