Poland is a central European country, bordered by Germany to the west; the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the south; Ukraine, Belarus to the east; and the Baltic Sea and Kaliningrad Oblast, a Russian exclave, and Lithuania to the north. The total area of Poland is 120,726 square miles, making it the 9th largest country in Europe. Poland is approximately the size of the state of New Mexico. Poland has a population of over 38.5 million people. Its capital city is Warsaw. Polish customs are heavily influenced by Christianity, with the predominant denomination in the country being Roman Catholic. The official language is Polish.
- Families will complete the New Beginnings Application
- Once the family is approved, they will sign the New Beginnings Fee Schedule and Service Agreement
- Families will then complete a home study through New Beginnings (if in Mississippi or Tennessee) or an approved Hague home study agency in your state
- Families will apply for their I-800A USCIS approval
- Families will obtain apostille seals on Dossier documents and I-800A approval
- Documents will then be sent to Poland to be translated
- Once your documents are in Poland, your family will wait three to four weeks to be approved by the applicable accredited body. Official referrals can come at any time after that.
- Referrals could possibly take 18 months or longer, depending on the characteristics of the child or children desired. Shorter referral times most often occur when families are open to sibling groups, older children, or children with special needs.
- When a family receives a referral, they have the opportunity to compose a list of questions that will be answered by the people that know the children best. It can be an orphanage worker, a foster parent, or a psychologist. Families are given pictures, medical and social information, and occasionally videos. New Beginnings highly recommends that families contract with an international adoption medical clinic to gather insight into the referrals.
- Once a family decides to accept a child or sibling group, the I-800 process in initiated. *The in-country representatives will send Polish and translated English documents to the New Beginnings office. The International Department staff will compile your I-800 documents for you and instruct you on how to file the documents with USCIS.
- When a family receives their I-800 approval, travel dates usually follow within two months. The in-country representatives will secure lodging for the family’s stay in Poland.
- The bonding period is from 14-21 business days. During this time, the in-country representatives assist families in navigating daily life in Poland. Families will have a Polish cell phone in which they can reach the representatives at all times if necessary. The trip is designed for the child/children to bond with their new parents while the parents learn about food, life, and the culture of Poland. The court hearing will take place at the end of this first trip. The in-country representatives will translate and represent the family in Polish court.
- Following the court approval, there is an appeal period of 14 days (there is the potential of 21 days, depending on the judge). Some families choose to return to the U.S. during this time frame. Some families stay in Poland, and the child/children will remain with them while in-country.
- During the final trip, the family will travel to Warsaw to gather all of the documents for their child/children to be approved to enter the U.S. The in-country representatives will help families during this time to understand what they need to do and where they need to go. This trip is approximately 7-10 business days. There is an option of only one parent returning for this trip.
Children in Poland are Caucasian with light features. Male and female children are available for adoption. Children may be as young as three years of age, but are most often older except in sibling group referrals.
Children available for adoption have been living in either an orphanage or a foster home.
How Are Families Matched With Children?
Intercountry adoption mediation is handled by three adoption centers (accredited bodies) with whom New Beginnings has signed the agreements. A Qualification Board, to which prospective adoption parents’ documents are submitted, makes the qualification of these parents and matches a child from among the children qualified for an intercountry adoption.
Families will be provided with all of the medical and social information available.
- Both married couples and single women may adopt from Poland.
- Couples who have been married a minimum of five years and are 25 years of age or older, with no more
than a 40-year difference between the age of the child and the age of the prospective adoptive parents.
- Families in good physical and mental health as determined by a medical examination.
- Families with health insurance and life insurance.
- Families must have adequate income for the addition of an adopted child.
- Adoptions out of birth order are not allowed for the Polish program.
- Length of Process. The exact length of the process is unknown at this time due to the newness of the program, but an estimate is 9-12 months after submission of the dossier.
Travel Families are required to travel to Poland at least two times in order to complete the adoption process. The New Beginnings Polish team will be available to facilitate all adoption-related activities while Poland.
- Family travels to Poland for 14-21 business days.
- The family stays in an apartment during the trip in order to start the bonding process with the child.
- The New Beginnings team in Poland supports the family by translation and with other in-country needs. They see the family every day, but each day less and less in order to promote unity within the new family unit.
- If the adoptive family already has children, they are not allowed to come on this first bonding trip. This
helps to ensure that the parents make the decision of whether or not to adopt, not the children.
- The family leaves the country of Poland for 14 to 21 days in order to wait on the appeal process and the
- Then the families return for seven working days to complete the adoption. The Polish team helps the
family with visa, social security numbers, and visiting the embassy.
- For the trip home there must be at least one adult per child. Post Adoption Requirements Poland’s Central Authority requires that post adoption reports completed by a social worker at six and 12 months after
the completion of the adoption.
Estimated Cost of Polish Adoptions
The estimated cost for this program is approximately $32,000- $35,000, plus travel expenses. Please email me for a full fee schedule.
The adoption tax credit is approximately $13,000 http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Adoption-Benefits-FAQs. This is
available after the adoption has been finalized. The adoption tax credit is per child.
Adoption of Sibling Groups
New Beginnings charges no additional fees for sibling groups.
If you are interested in the Polish program please contact Victoria Kilpatrick, firstname.lastname@example.org or 662.401.2226.
The following information is available upon request [H96.39b].
- the number of its adoption placements per year for the prior three calendar years, and the number and percentage of those placements that remain intact, are disrupted, or have been dissolved as of the time the information is provided;
- the number of parents who apply to adopt on a yearly basis, based on data for the prior three calendar years; and
- the number of children eligible for adoption and awaiting an adoptive placement referral via the agency or person.