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Bulgaria International Adoption Michigan


AIAA is currently  working with "Sunshine Foundation For our Kids"  who have placed hundreds of children since 1994 with adoptive families in Europe.


Children six years and up, sibling groups up to 15 years of age, and children of all ages with medical special needs.  Living in childcare institutions. Caucasian children of Roma, Turkish or Bulgarian ancestry 



  1. Married couple or single female applicant of good character, with a stable, nurturing marriage (where applicable), and a commitment to instill in their child a knowledge and pride in country/culture of Bulgaria;

  2. Age of adoptive applicant(s) flexible but upper range should be appropriate for birth child. No less than 15 years between child and each adoptive parent. Exceptions may be considered for children with special needs;

  3. Applicants may be childless or with birth or adopted children;

  4. Medical for each adoptive applicant for HIV, Hep B, and VD;

  5. Four (4) post placement reports, post placement medical, and pictures of child and family by families caseworker in first two (2) years.



To begin the process, see Getting Started with AIAA"on web site. If you live in Michigan, AIAA will complete home study and post placement supervision. Out of State applicants, see "Choosing Out of State Local Social Service Provider" on web site.

Completed dossier and updated home study along with CIS approval required to receive child referral. Dossier forwarded to our counterpart organization in Bulgaria  for translation and filing with Bulgarian Central Adoption Committee which is under Ministry of Justice.

Two (2) trips to Bulgaria required for approximately five (5) days. For couples, both parents required to travel for first trip. One parent can return to escort the child.

Children receive automatic citizenship following finalization of adoption in US. However, parent should apply for Certificate of Citizenship.

FEE SCHEDULE: (As of April 11, 2017)                                                                                                      

Preapplication Fee                             
Formal Application Fee          
AIAA Program Fee
AIAA Processing Fee                    


$    00.00  

Total  $9,500.00  

OVERSEAS FEES: Equivalent of 6,600 (special needs) to 7600 Euros (EUR) total. Payment schedule for overseas fees are as follows and the US dollar (USD) amount is the EUR equivalent at the time each payment:

1000 EUR at time of submission of dossier

3000 EUR at time of child referral

3600 EUR at completion of court hearing

To check current USD versus EUR go to

For some of the children with special needs there may be an adoption grant for qualifying families.

PLEASE NOTE: These amounts do not include home study or post placement service fees.

For further information regarding Bulgaria Program or to inquire about children with special needs, please contact office and ask for Bulgaria Program Administrator, Cherie Drohan, or email her at cherie@aiaaadopt.org

For current updates on the Bulgaria program click here.

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