"Particular expressive sign of solidarity between families is adoption or taking care of children abandoned by their parents or children living in dificult conditions"
John Paul II, Enc, Evangelium Vitae, 9

INFORMATION ON INTERNATIONAL ADOPTIONS

1. The legal base for international adoptions conducted by the Centre:

Legal Act of the Ministry of Labour and Social Policies dated 30.01.2012 published by MP Dziennik Urzędowy RP dated 09.02.2012 item 44.

2. The intentions of the Centre regarding a child:

3. Basic requirements of the Centre regarding a family from abroad:

4. Adoption procedure

Our Centre does not accept individual applications, only those submitted by licensed adoption organisations.

It means that in order to adopt a child with the assistance of our Centre a couple should first contact one of the licensed adoption organisations in their own country (the organisation that has signed an agreement of co-operation with our Centre) and with its assistance acquire qualifications necessary to adopt a child from Poland. Each of these organisations (full list containing addresses and phone numbers can be found at the end of this document) receives then from us Information Cards of children qualified for international adoption. The Information Card contains basic data about the child, its biologic parents, health and psychophysical development. The organisation tries then to find the best family for that child among the ones qualified. When a married couple accepts the offer the Qualifying Commission of our Centre issues approval for their contact with the child.

The married couple makes the final decision after the contact with the child at the place of its residence. If they declare willingness to become its parents their adoption application needs to be submitted to the court. Afterwards they wait for the designation of the 'time for personal contact' with the child usually lasting a couple of weeks. This time is necessary to create relationships.

The end of the process is the court's decision on adoption, basing on which and in accordance with the Polish law the candidates become parents and hold full subsequent rights. After the three-week period needed for the act to come into force and to issue a new birth certificate and a passport for the child, the parents can go back to their country together with the child.

The entire adoption procedure in Poland lasts several months and requires 2 or 3 visits to Poland in the meantime.

5. Information about children

In accordance with the Polish law, for each child a family from Poland is searched at first. Only when this turns out to be unsuccessful, the child can be officially qualified for international adoption. This is why many children to be adopted by families from abroad are the ones with problems. These can be medical problems - e.g. heart diseases, neurological disturbances, Hbs "+", cleft palate and lip cleft, problems related to delays in development, emotional disturbances or hereditary transmission - e.g. mental illness of the biological parents. Another group consists of 'older' children, that is above the age of seven, or children with a number of brothers and sisters.

6. Information for adoption organisations

We co-operate with licensed adoption organisations and international associations in the area of international adoption of Polish children who, because of various reasons, have not found families in Poland.

We require current documents from the organizations:

Documents mentioned above should be translated into Polish by an accredited translator and signed by proper institutions.

The Centre does not accept individual applications. Neither do we work with persons who have not been approved by licensed organisations to adopt a Polish child.

7. Our activities

We have been conducting international adoptions since 10the of December 1998.

Till the end of 2011 we have placed 1321 children in 826 families. They have found homes in the USA, Italy, Belgium, Spain, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, Canada, Finland, Norway, France and Denmark..

8. The Department of International Adoptions offers help to all interested from Monday till Friday between 9am and 3pm. There is an English-speaking person available in the Centre. Tel/fax No.: (+48-22) 818-54-30.

9. Information about organisations co-operating with us:

Belgium

The Netherlands

France

Germany

Sweden

USA

Italy

Spain

Norway