Adopting from Poland might be a wonderful option for your family for a number of reasons. Poland is a Hague Convention country and adoptions have been on the rise since 2012. According to the State Department Adoption website, there were 53 adoptions in 2014, 49 in 2013, and 35 in 2012. The Ministry of Labor and Social Policy is the Polish authority who monitors the adoption process in the country.
Couples and single women are eligible to adopt from Poland. Many sibling groups, older children, and children with special needs are waiting to be adopted. The children are orphaned due to voluntary or involuntary termination of parental rights, death of a parent, or the inability of the parent to provide care due to poverty. These children are raised in orphanages or in foster homes in the country. It is reported that orphanage care in Poland is above standard for an institutional setting and children are well cared for. Additionally, foster homes provide children the opportunity to experience life with a family.
The adoption process is smooth and moves relatively quickly, as compared to some other countries. Wait times for a referral vary depending on the age and health status of the child. These time frames range from 6 to 15 months. Referral information is complete with medical and social history, as well as pictures. Adoptive parents travel to the country for one longer trip (approximately 8 weeks) or two trips (approximately 1 week for trip 1 and 6 weeks for trip 2). The child will be in the care of the family during this mandatory bonding period.
Poland is a beautiful, safe country, rich in culture and history. The adoption program is stable and growing. To learn more, contact KidsFirst at 317-843-2300. We are happy to walk you through the process and answer your questions.