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*Adoption in Bulgaria - Clues as to How It Works... Sort of...
*Adoption Agencies

* Support Groups, Physicians, & Other Resources

*Revisiting Bulgaria - Anton's Article & Terry's Journal

*Bulgarian Words and Names

*Bulgarian Adoption Blogs; Social Homes/Orphanages

*Bulgarian Holidays, Name Days, Orthodox Church Days, and Traditional Celebrations

*Romany (Gypsy) in Bulgaria

*Giving Back - - -
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*My Webpage & Adoption Journal

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Please see new notes under the Adoption in Bulgaria - Laws & Proceedures section.

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LINKS TO SITES RELATED TO BULGARIA & ADOPTIONS...many more in LINKS section of FaCAB Yahoo Group


GOVERNMENTAL SITES

BULGARIAN MINISTRY OF JUSTICE

US GOV SITE ON BULGARIAN ADOPTION

BULGARIAN LANGUAGE

BULGARIAN PHRASES FOR CHILDREN

FREE ONLINE TRANSLATOR

BULGARIAN 101

1ST BULGARIAN ONLINE SCHOOL

ROMANI/ENGLISH DICTIONARY

BULGARIA

ALL ABOUT BULGARIA

MY THING LINKS: BULGARIA

WONDERLAND BULGARIA

BULG. ADOPTION E-GROUPS

FACAB YAHOO GROUP

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BULGARIAN_ADOPTION-INFORMATIONCENTER YAHOO GROUP

ADOPTION FORUMS - BULGARIA

SILISTRA BG ADOPTIVE FAMILIES YAHOO GROUP

ROUSSE BG ADOPTIVE FAMILIES YAHOO GROUP

ADOPTIVE FAMILIES BULGARIA CIRCLE

E.EURO. ADOPTION SUPPORT

FRUA, INC FAM FOR RUS. & UKRAIN ADOPT & NEIGHBORS

LEEAF - LOUISIANA EASTERN EUROPEAN ADOPTIVE FAM.

TEEN SUPPORT GROUPS

FRUA INC TEEN FACEBOOK GROUP

ROMANI ADOPTION E-GROUPS

KARFIN- ADOPTED ROMA AND FAMILIES INFORMATION

INT'L BULGARIAN ADOPTION

BUFA - SWEDISH SITE

ADOPTIE BULGARIJE - GERMAN YAHOO SITE

ADOPTER EN BULGARIE - FRENCH YAHOO SITE

BOUTSDECHOUX DE BULGARIE - FRENCH YAHOO SITE

ROMANI CULTURE

ROMA IN BULGARIA

GYPSY INFO PAGE

THE PATRIN WEB JOURNAL, ROMANI (GYPSY) CULTURE

ASSOCIATION OF GYPSIES/ROMANI INTERNATIONAL

GYPSY LORE SOCIETY

ASSOC. GYPSY INT'L

RELIGION & CULTURE OF ROMA

TURKISH HERITAGE

BULGARIAN TURKS

TFURKS IN BULGARIA

GIVING BACK

CAMPAIGN FOR BULGARIA'S ABANDONED CHILDREN

ONE HEART BULGARIA
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Welcome to FaCAB  

"When I become a swallow
I will sing and chirp every morning...."
-Vaski, Mogilino Children's Social Home, Bulgaria




FaCAB (Families with Children Adopted from Bulgaria) is a bunch of parents ( waiting parents) who have banded loosely together since 1995 to provide a parent-to-parent support network. Goal: share mutual information support among those interested in international adoption from Bulgaria.


A record of the Ministry of Justice Intercountry Adoption Council sessions can be found at http://www.anidoadoption.org/en/news/81-IAC-sessions This section contains information on the referrals (proposals) made by the IAC. This is the body within the Bulgarian Ministry of Justice, which makes the referrals.

 
Adopting from Bulgaria - the long view  


Adoptions from Bulgaria have had their ups and downs over the almost 2 decades of international adoption. The Hague Convention, new governmental officials, new regulations, and negative publicity have repeatedly affected the process in varying degrees.

Adoptions from Bulgaria to the US and other countries have varied from year to year, often unexpectedly. The program can be moving along smoothly, and then hit a sudden snag, slowing down to a trickle. Statistics reflect the following pattern for international adoptions from Bulgarian to the USA and worldwide (Italy, Spain, France, USA, Germany, Greece, Canada, Sweden, Cyprus, Denmark):

1988 - (0 to the US)

1989 - (1 to the US)

1990 - (3 to the US)

1991 - (9 to the US)

1992 - (91 to the US)

1993 - (133 to the US)

1994 - (97 to the US)

1995 - (110 to the US)

1996 - (163 to the US)

1997 - (148 to the US)

1998 - (151 to the US)

1999 - (221 to the US)

2000 - 445 (214 to the US, 38 to Italy, 123 to Spain, 30 to Sweden, 13 to Switzerland, 22 to Denmark, 3 to UK, 2 to Ireland)

2001 - 681 (296 to the US, 151 to Italy, 172 to Spain, 23 to Sweden, 15 to Switzerland, 15 to Denmark, 3 to UK, 2 to Netherlands, 3 to Belgium, 1 to Ireland)

2002 - 728 (260 to the US, 219 to Italy, 181 to Spain, 21 to Sweden, 15 to Switzerland, 22 to Denmark, 6 to UK, 1 to Netherlands, 2 to Belgium, 1 to Ireland)

2003 - 728 (198 to the US, 265 to Italy, 202 to Spain, 17 to Sweden, 19 to Switzerland, 11 to Denmark, 11 to Canada, 4 to UK, 1 to Netherlands)

2004 - 365 (110 to the US, 113 to Italy, 57 to Spain, 7 to Sweden, 15 to Switzerland, 3 to Denmark, 10 to Canada, 48 to France, 1 to UK, 1 to Netherlands)

2005 - 108 (30 to the US, 37 to Italy, 21 to Spain, 3 to Sweden, 4 to Denmark, 10 to Canada, 1 to Netherlands, 2 to Finland)

2006 - 80 (28 to the US, 28 to Italy, 11 to Spain, 11 to Canada, 1 to UK, 1 to Netherlands)

2007 - 70 (20 to the US, 32 to Italy, 11 to Spain, 2 to Sweden, 5 to Canada)

2008 - 81 (5 to the US, 74 to Italy, 1 to Sweden, 1 to Denmark)

2009 (15 to the US)

2010 - 341 (40 to the US)

2011 - 329 (75 to the US, 107 to Italy, 31 to France, 24 to Germany, 17 to Sweden, 13 to Netherlands, 9 to Spain, 6 to Norway, 4 to Greece, 4 to Canada, 3 to Cyprus, 2 to Switzerland, 1 to Luxembourg, 1 to Malta)

2012 - 395 (124 to the US)

The US Embassy in Sofia states that "approximately 80% of the children adopted have had medical conditions." Unexpected developmental, emotional, and physical delays are common. Prospective adoptive parents should be well educated in post-institutional issues and have a good support system in place before their child is united with them.



 
"No Biking in the House Without a Helmet"



When the two-time National Book Award finalist Melissa Fay Greene confided to friends that she and her husband planned to adopt a four-year-old boy from Bulgaria to add to their four children at home, the news threatened to place her, she writes, “among the greats: the Kennedys, the McCaughey septuplets, the von Trapp family singers, and perhaps even Mrs. Feodor Vassilyev, who, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, gave birth to sixty-nine children in eighteenth-century Russia.”

Greene is best known for her books on the civil rights movement and the African HIV/AIDS pandemic. She’s been praised for her “historian’s urge for accuracy,” her “sociologist’s sense of social nuance,” and her “writerly passion for the beauty of language.”

But Melissa and her husband have also pursued a more private vocation: parenthood. “We so loved raising our four children by birth, we didn’t want to stop. When the clock started to run down on the home team, we brought in ringers.”

When the number of children hit nine, Greene took a break from reporting. She trained her journalist’s eye upon events at home. Fisseha was riding a bike down the basement stairs; out on the porch, a squirrel was sitting on Jesse’s head; vulgar posters had erupted on bedroom walls; the insult niftam (the Amharic word for “snot”) had led to fistfights; and four non-native-English-speaking teenage boys were researching, on Mom’s computer, the subject of “saxing.”

“At first I thought one of our trombone players was considering a change of instrument,” writes Greene. “Then I remembered: they can’t spell.”

Using the tools of her trade, she uncovered the true subject of the “saxing” investigation, inspiring the chapter “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex, but Couldn’t Spell.”

A celebration of parenthood; an ingathering of children, through birth and out of loss and bereavement; a relishing of moments hilarious and enlightening—No Biking in the House Without a Helmet is a loving portrait of a unique twenty first-century family as it wobbles between disaster and joy.

For ordering and information see listing on Amazon or go to
http://www.amazon.com/Melissa-Fay-Greene/e/B001H6OSUY/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1375311648&sr=1-2-ent




 "Just Waiting for My Family" by Terry M. Mandeville

Finally! A book for children adopted from Bulgaria.




JUST WAITING FOR MY FAMILY, by Terry Mandeville, is a full-color book illustrated by the author. It is an emotional and real adoption story for children. It describes life in a Bulgarian orphanage as a child waits for a real family and the beginning of an adoption journey. The author is a Psychiatric RN who has worked with children and families for several decades. She was united with her sons in Bulgaria. She has written this tale of adoption from the child’s point of view. This is the often requested story she used to tell her boys when they first came home with her. From these words they seemed to gain some measure of reassurance and peace during those stressful times, and learned that they were not, by any means, alone in their feelings.

You can get this book in several ways.

email: terrymand@aol.com



 
The Mom with the Red Lipstick

(An Adoption Memory of a Little Bulgarian Boy)
by Lydia M. Kordalewski



ISBN: 978-1-4343-8473-7(sc)

The Mom with the Red Lipstick is an emotional and moving story told by a little adopted boy's memories of his earlier life in an Bulgarian orphanage on the way home to the United States with his new mom. His mom shares her emotions, struggles and unconditional love of a little boy who became her beautiful son on a wonderful spring day in Bulgaria. Her adoption is truly a blessing and she encourages other families to adopt. This deeply moving book is likely to be one of the most-read adoption stories of our time.

You can get this great book at:

 Courage to Shine CD to Benefit Bulgarian Orphanages

100% of the proceeds from this CD will go to support orphans in Bulgaria.


Courage to Shine compilation produced for release by One Heart Bulgaria

Executive Producer: Kelly King Anderson
Mastered by Gainer Brunson
Art Direction and Design by Kelly King Anderson
CD Layout by Justin King
Photo of Annabelle taken by Deborah Dushku Gardner
Special thanks to April Meservy, Deborah Dushku Gardner, Mindy Gledhill, Justin King, Andi Pitcher Davis, Matt Anderson and all of the artists who care deeply and generously donated their music to this project for the Bulgarian orphan children.
http://www.oneheart-bg.org/cd_shine.php

Songs Featured:
1. Mindy Gledhill “Child of Light” 4:18
2. Stephanie Smith “At Your Side” 4:07
3. Sam Payne “Rise Up and Shine” 4:03
4. April Meservy “Lullabye” 4:33
5. InsideOut “Dona Nobis Pachem” 2:42
6. Paul Engemann & 1621 voice children’s choir “It Just Takes Love” 5:04
7. Karyn Grant “Lullaby Our Children” 4:09
8. Brian Rhodes “We are The Ones” 5:24
9. April Meservy “Everything Speaks His Name” 4:15
10. Shane Jackman “Tender Mercies” 3:58
11. Early California “Standing” 2:53
12. Jennie Bangerter Larsen “Amazing Grace” 3:30


 
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