Macedonia is located on the Balkan Peninsula in an area that was once considered part of Yugoslavia. It borders Greece, Bulgaria, Albania, Kosovo and Serbia. Macedonia is part of two mountain ranges, and although it is landlocked, it has 1100 rivers, lakes, ponds and streams. Macedonian people have a rich cultural heritage that dates back centuries. Its people are a mix of traditionalists and modernists with Balkan roots that are closely related to Serbs and Bulgarians.
- Boys and girls between the ages of 15 months and 15 years at time of referral.
- Sibling groups of 2-3 children are also available.
- Children are in orphanages and foster care prior to placement.
- Macedonian children are Caucasian and of Roma descent.
Parent Qualifications for Adopting from Macedonia:
- Married couples are eligible to adopt children from Macedonia.
- Single women may adopt, though it is expected that there will be a longer wait for single applicants.
- Prospective adoptive parents must be at least 21 years old with no more than 45 years between the child they plan to adopt. Some exceptions may be made for children who are considered to be more difficult to place.
- Referral is estimated to be approximately 2-8 months from submission of dossier.
- Medical and biographical information about the child(ren) is received at referral.
- One trip of approximately 5 weeks:
- Parents travel to Macedonia after referral for 30 days of bonding with the child(ren).
- After the bonding period is finished, it takes an additional 5 days to complete the process before the family can return home with their child.