Over 600 Bulgarian Children Were Adopted Abroad in the Last 2.5 Years

646 Bulgarian children have been adopted abroad in the last 2.5 years, according to data from the Ministry of Justice. An average of 200 children find a new home and parents each year.

In 2018, the consents given by the Minister of Justice for the adoption of children by foreign nationals are 221 for 290 children. This includes 71 consents for 104 children through special measures for the adoption of older children and/or children with special features in health and/or development.

In 2019, the Minister of Justice gave 197 consents for the adoption of 273 children, including 70 consents for the adoption of 101 children through special measures.

From the beginning of 2020 to July 15, there are 66 consents for the adoption of 83 children, including 14 consents for the adoption of 23 children during the state of emergency declared on March 13 this year. Until May 13 this year "The given consents for adoption of children are under procedures with a given start in 2019. In view of the restrictive measures introduced and the closure of borders worldwide, the new adoption procedures were resumed on July 13, 2020, "said the Ministry of Justice.

What is special about children who are available for international adoption is that most of them are older, some of them have peculiarities in their health or development. A significant proportion of them are in groups of 2, 3, 4 or 5 siblings for whom one adoptive family is sought - for example, the children for whom the Minister of Justice has given consent for adoption in 2019 - a total of 273, are 136 alone and 137 part of groups of siblings. The children for whom the Minister of Justice has given consent for adoption in 2018 - a total of 290, are 164 alone and 126 are part of 57 groups of siblings ...

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