Joint Council recently sent a letter to the Bulgarian Minister of Justice asking for clarification on a number of issues.
In July 2003, the Bulgarian Parliament passed a new adoption law. This law requires adoptive parents to deposit their applications directly at the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) using the services of an American adoption agency licensed in Bulgaria or a Bulgarian agency accredited by the MOJ.
As of February 9, 2004, there are 11 Bulgarian adoption agencies approved by the MOJ. One American adoption agency has been licensed so far. For a list of adoption agencies licensed in Bulgaria, please visit the U.S. Embassy in Sofia’s website.