|FaCAB - Families with Children Adopted from Bulgaria|
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
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.
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)
2013 - (157 to the US, 105 to Italy)
2014 - (183 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"|
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.
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|"Just Waiting for My Family" by Terry M. Mandeville|
Finally! A book for children adopted from Bulgaria.
You can get this book in several ways.
|The Mom with the Red Lipstick |
(An Adoption Memory of a Little Bulgarian Boy)
by Lydia M. Kordalewski
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
|FACAB - FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN ADOPTED FROM BULGARIA|
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