Children of All Nations recently sent a team to visit Poland and Bulgaria where they were able to meet with in-country representatives and visit orphanages. Visit our blog or contact our matching specialists to learn more about our Poland adoption program!
Poland is one of Europe’s largest countries, with 14 regions and a population of over 38 million, 2 million of which are in its capital city, Warsaw. With beautiful landscapes, including coastline along the Baltic Sea, Poland is an excellent place for tourists – especially those with an interest in world history and architecture. It boasts an excellent economy, a friendly population, and most importantly, great care for its underprivileged children. Due to its excellent economy and political stability, Poland’s social welfare system provides great care to those in need, including orphaned children. Many Polish families adopt domestically, however, there are many that remain in foster care or institutions that are waiting for their forever families from other European countries, Canada and the US.
Poland is a party to the Hague Treaty on International adoptions, and Children of All Nations is directly accredited by the Polish Adoption Authority to place Polish children with American families.
If you would like more information about our Poland program call an adoption consultant today at (512)323-9595 or send us an email.
Children from Poland are Caucasian, typically with brown or blonde hair and light eyes. Polish children are placed in orphanages or foster care due to voluntary or involuntary relinquishment by their parents, or the death of their parents. In some cases, parents are simply not able to care for their children due to disability or illness. Most children are cared for in orphanages or foster families, and generally receive excellent care.
When adopting from Poland, consider you will be adopting the following:
Each of the centers that Children of All Nations works with in Poland has around 300 children available for adoption per term. Of these 300 children, 200 are without families due to more severe medical needs. While there are some older healthy children (age 9+) and sibling groups in need of families, we see many children with special needs such as HIV and Down syndrome.
The adoption centers in Poland release a list of Waiting Children to adoption agencies periodically. If one of the families in process would like to request a match with a specific child from this list, Children of All Nations can do so on their behalf. It should be noted that families who are further along in the process or who have already submitted their dossier will be given priority for matching.
If you would like more information, please give us a call today at (512)323-9595 or send us an email.
Special needs and older children, as well as sibling groups are also desperately in need of loving homes. Children with special needs will have disabilities ranging from minor to severe, and are usually between the ages of 3 and 13 years old, with most children being on the older end of that range.
There are three custody centers in Poland, and each center is in charge of sending lists of children to agencies to place the children. The child’s health status and special needs are known.
In addition to the USCIS eligibility requirements for prospective adoptive parent(s), Poland has the following requirements, which vary slightly by Custody Center. If you feel you are not eligible to adopt from Poland, or you are unsure, we may be able to work with you. Please contact us for a free case-by-case consultation.
Poland’s adoption eligibility requirements are subject to change per Poland’s adoption laws. CAN updates these guidelines as necessary.
If you would like more information about our program call an adoption specialist today at (512)323-9595 or email us.
The time frame to complete international adoption from Poland is currently about 12 to 16 months, depending on the time families take to complete their dossier paperwork, their preferences for age and gender, and country processes. This time frame is subject to change; please consult CAN for the most current processing times for your adoption from Poland.
1. Application and Approval
To adopt a child from Poland, please complete our agency application. For your convenience, you may access the application on our website. We will review your eligibility to adopt from Poland based on the guidelines of Poland’s adoption eligibility requirements once we have received your application. Then, your application will be forwarded to our accredited Polish partner agency for review. If approved, we will provide you with our agency contract and partner agency contract that outlines our fees, services and important information regarding the international adoption process. Upon receipt of your signed contract, CAN will start to provide you placement services for a child from Poland.
2. The Paper Chase
Once your agency contract is in place, it is time to get started on your dossier. This will include a home study to assess your readiness for international adoption from Poland and help prepare you for adoptive parenthood, filing with USCIS for international adoption approval, and gathering your necessary dossier documents. These dossier documents must go through the appropriate notarization and authentication processes. CAN offers a complete Dossier Preparation Service to ease your international adoption and give you peace of mind.
To ensure that prospective adoptive parents are prepared for their international adoption journey, our agency requires that parents complete 10 hours of adoption training as mandated by the Hague Convention. To satisfy these hours, we have developed an online parent training program that we are proud to include in CAN’s service plan. For an overview of the program, please click here. Please contact us for more information regarding adoption from Poland.
3. Identifying a Child
Your dossier will be sent to Poland and translated and legalized, which will take 2-4 weeks. Then, it will be submitted for the Custody Center(s) to approve and await a referral. The current estimated wait times if you are adopting a child with special medical needs, an older child, or a sibling group, you may receive a referral within 12 months.
Families will also have the option of being matched with a special needs child from a list which is released periodically. Families who have already submitted their dossier will be given priority for matching.
4. Picking Up Your Child
After you are matched with a child or sibling group, you will plan your first trip to Poland to meet your child and spend 2-4 weeks bonding with them, depending on what amount of time the judge issues.At the end of the bonding period, the court process will take place in the district the child is from. Both parents are required to travel to Poland to attend the court hearing and must be present for at least part of the bonding period.
You will then return home for about 2-4 weeks during the adoption finalization period, although you can also stay in Poland if you wish (making it only one trip). Poland encourages adoptive families to keep in touch with their child (through Skype, etc.) after the bonding trip. The second trip may take as long as 2 months. (Consult CAN for more information)
5. Post Adoption Requirements
Poland requires 3 post-adoption reports at 6, 12, and 18 months after the adoption is finalized. These reports demonstrate to the Polish government and Custody Centers the benefits of international adoption for their children.
Similar to Russia, Poland’s orphanages are throughout the country. The standard of care that the children receive is good. The children are well tended to and receive medical care. We are able to receive thorough documentation on the children, including psychological information.
Children of All Nations is currently working with three different adoption centers to help find families for their children. Each of these centers has around 300 children that are waiting for families. Of these 300 children, about 200 are without families because they have special needs.