The Bulgarian Way


After wrapping up their stay in Poland, our CAN team headed to Bulgaria to meet with our in-country representative and visit the orphanages that we’re partnered with. Here’s their latest blog post about their experience in Bulgaria thus far:

Bulgaria is a country full of history, statues, culture, and prideful people. But, it is also a country with a lot of orphans. Especially orphans who have special needs or are a part of a larger sibling group. Bulgarian culture includes clothes created with immaculate stitching, dances that date back to generations from long ago, and buildings that have been standing as long as locals ancestors could remember.

As you drive around the city you notice the economic hardships the country has faced and many of the buildings are marked with graffiti. A lot of the children who have been deemed orphans are typically given up do to poverty, parents mental state, and parents socioeconomic status. It is unimaginable to picture giving away your own child simply because you do not have the means to help you and your child survive…But, this is the reality for many parents in Bulgaria. The country is developing a stronger foster care system so thankfully the children are starting to live in a family based environment versus an institution.

I cannot believe this incredible journey is now coming to and end. These past couple of days have been spent meeting with our current partners in country and also building relationships with potential new partners as a means to match more children with forever families. The program itself has grown tremendously over the past year and after this trip I anticipate the number of children matched per year to double, at least.

Today we are going to an orphanage and I will get to meet one of the children whose file we recently received. Stay tuned!

Our Bulgaria Waiting Child adoption program is a great fit for families that are open to children with needs or sibling groups. Unlike many other international adoption programs, our Bulgaria Waiting Child program allows families to request a match towards the beginning of their adoption process, rather than waiting until all of their paperwork is submitted. Each month, CAN advocates for a number of Waiting Children and sibling groups from Bulgaria, and their profiles can be found on our Waiting Child photo listing. If you’re interested in learning how you can be matched, contact our CAN matching specialists or visit our photo listing today!

Click here to visit the CAN Waiting Child photo listing!

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Family Adopting Siblings From Bulgaraia

One of the amazing families in our Bulgaria adoption program has begun submitting their paperwork to adopt a sibling group of THREE!

AdoptWhen they first met, Kam and Travis would have never imagined that they would be adopting a sibling group of three, however, over the years they began to feel that God had a sense of humor when it came to answering their prayers. While adoption had always held a place in Kam’s heart, Travis took a little bit longer to come around to the idea of it. In 2010 when a devastating earthquake struck Haiti, Travis saw the need of children around the world and began to feel that his heart was opening to the idea of adopting.

When the time came for Kam and Travis to select a program to adopt through, they decided to sign up for our Bulgaria Waiting Child program, as Kam had traveled there previously on a mission trip. While she was there, she was surprised by the impact that the older orphans had on her, as they were fully aware of their situation and of the loss in their lives. Adopting an older sibling group just made sense to both of them.There is such a need when it comes to taking care of the orphan but there is an even greater need for sibling groups. The larger the group or older they are, the smaller their chances are of ever having a forever family. The odds go down even more if there are boys in the group. Since Kam and Travis already have 3 boys in their family they felt that adopting a sibling group with two boys and one girl would just add to the fun! 

Kam and Travis are both very excited to begin their journey towards bringing their kiddos home from Bulgaria so that they can add to their three ring circus!

“Adopting into our family won’t make a very big dent in the 175 million+ orphan crisis, we realize, but it will make a difference to the ones we bring home.”

Visit Kam and Travis’ YouCaring page to read more about their adoption journey or to contribute to their fundraiser!

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Sisters from Bulgaria Matched!


We are THRILLED to announce that two 12-year-old twin sisters in our Bulgaria adoption program have officially been matched with a family! We are so excited for these sisters and their new family, as they are one step closer to coming home forever. Congratulations from all of us at GWCA and CAN!

In our Bulgaria Waiting Child adoption program, families can be matched with a child or sibling group at any point in the process! Contact our CAN matching specialists or join our private Bulgaria Facebook group today to learn how you can be matched with one of our other waiting children!

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11 New Bulgarian Kids are Waiting!

childrenOur CAN Matching Specialist have just received ELEVEN new files for children in our Bulgaria adoption program! This Waiting Child program provides families with the opportunity to be matched with a child at any point in their adoption process, meaning even if you haven’t started your adoption journey yet you could be matched today!

While each international adoption program has its own set of eligibility requirements, Bulgaria’s requirements are relatively open, making it a great option for many families! If you’re interested in learning more about our new Waiting Children or gathering more information on how you can get your adoption journey started today, our Matching Specialists would be happy to speak with you!



*Due to privacy policies, we are unable to post photos of Bulgarian Waiting Children here. If you are interested in seeing their photos, visit our Waiting Child Photo Listing, or contact us today!

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New Bulgaria Referral

Bulgaria (2)We are so happy to announce that one of the families in the traditional track of our Bulgaria adoption program has just received a referral for a beautiful 8 year old girl! Congratulations from all of us at GWCA and CAN!

Our Bulgaria adoption program has both a Waiting Child track and a traditional program. While families in the Waiting Child track can be matched with a child at any point in the process, families in the traditional track are issued a referral based parameters that they specified. Typically, the more open a family is in terms of the child’s age range and gender, the shorter their referral time will be.
If you would like more information on our Bulgaria adoption programs, contact our Matching Specialists today!

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Welcome Home! – Family Returns from Eastern Europe

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Welcome Home!

We are delighted to welcome home one of the families from our Eastern European adoption programs! It is always so wonderful to see a child come home to their Forever Family, and we are so excited to see what their future holds! Congratulations from all of us at GWCA and CAN!

Learn more about our Eastern European adoption programs below:

Over the course of the past few years, our Eastern European adoption programs have continued to grow. As such, the Latvian adoption process has become more stable and predictable, and our Bulgarian Waiting Child adoption program has grown immensely! We now have many Bulgarian Waiting Children on our CAN Photo Listing that are in need of Forever Families. If you are interested in learning how your family can be matched with one of these children or how you can begin your adoption journey in one of our Eastern European adoption programs, contact our CAN Matching Team today!


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Bulgarian Sisters Need a Family!

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“Adopting one child won’t change the world, but for that one child the whole world will change.”

Could you imagine, as a young girl, leaving your home with your little sister and reporting your family to social services? Unfortunately, for many children this is a common theme, and one pair of our siblings experienced this scenario first hand. Autumn and Audrey are healthy sisters living in Bulgaria who were not dealt the best hand in the earlier years of their lives. Even with the ups and downs that they have experienced, both girls are extremely resilient and are looking forward to finding a safe and loving forever family. They are 12 and 15 years old and love the outdoors, playing volleyball, and of course spending time together. They are both doing wonderful in school and all of their social workers and teachers have nothing but positive things to say about them. These two amazing girls need a family, if you or someone you know is interested in learning how you can be matched with them, please contact our Bulgaria Matching specialist, Hilary, at today! Even if you are not able to adopt these girls yourself please help us advocate for them by sharing their information!

Due to the privacy policies in place for our Bulgarian Adoption program, we are unable to share a photo of Autumn and Audrey on our blog. If you are interested in seeing a photo of these beautiful girls or learning more about them, visit our Waiting Child photo listing, or join our private Facebook group today!

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Just Matched – 6 Bulgarian Waiting Children!

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6 Bulgarian Waiting Children Find Forever Families!

What an exciting week this has been for our Bulgaria Waiting Child program, six kids have been have been matched with their Forever Families! UncleSam70Bday-compressedThese children – not pictured here for privacy purposes – are in two different sibling groups. The first sibling set is a brother and sister, ages 11 and 12, and the second sibling group is four different kiddos ranging in age from 9 to 15 years old!

It is so amazing to see families welcoming in these wonderful sibling groups, helping them to transition from a shared past to a shared future. A huge CONGRATULATIONS to each of these children and their new Forever Families from all of us at Children of All Nations!

8 New Bulgarian Waiting Child Files Received

Children of All Nations has just received files for 8 new Waiting Children in our Bulgaria adoption program! If you are interested in seeing their photos, learning more about them, or starting your journey towards being matched today, contact our CAN Matching Specialists, visit our Waiting Child photo listing, or join our private Bulgaria Facebook page today to have updates sent directly to your news feed!

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7 New Bulgarian Waiting Children Need Forever Families

iStock_000003438008SmallChildren of All Nations recently received seven new files for Bulgarian Waiting Children! 

These amazing kiddos, some of which are in sibling sets, range in age from 4 to 13 years old. If your family is interested in learning how you can be matched, contact our CAN Matching Specialists, or join our private Facebook group to have updates sent directly to your news feed.

  • Jackson is an adorable 4 year old boy who had a couple of seizures when he was younger, but is now taking medication and is doing extremely well!
  • Cooper is an 8 year old boy who has a slightly shortened lower left limb, but doesn’t let that stop him from walking and running around with his friends!
  • Kennedy, 8, and her older brother Evan, 9, both have mild delays, and can’t wait to find their Forever Family!
  • Gage is a 7 year old boy who loves to play with technology!
  • Penelope and Delilah are 13 and 11 year old sisters who have been working hard to learn English so that they can communicate the family that adopts them!

To see the full list of kiddos that CAN is currently advocating for, visit our Waiting Child Photo Listing today!

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Bulgarian Waiting Child Matched With Forever Family!

We are so excited to announce that one of our Bulgarian Waiting Children has been matched with his Forever Family! A huge CONGRATULATIONS goes out to him and his new family from all of us at Children of All Nations!

If you would like to learn more about our Bulgaria Waiting Child Program to see how you can get matched today, contact, visit our CAN Photo Listing, or join our Bulgaria Waiting Child Facebook Group to have updates sent directly to your news feed!

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