Adopting from Poland
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Poland's history as a state begins near the middle of the 10th century. By the mid-16th century, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth ruled a vast tract of land in central and eastern Europe. During the 18th century, internal disorders weakened the nation, and in a series of agreements between 1772 and 1795, Russia, Prussia, and Austria partitioned Poland among themselves. To learn more please read About Poland.
Hague Convention Information
Poland is party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). To learn more please read about Poland and the Hague Convention.
Who Can Adopt
Who Can Be Adopted
Because Poland is party to the Hague Adoption Convention, children from Poland must meet the requirements of the Convention in order to be eligible for adoption. To learn more please read about Who Can Be Adopted from Poland.
How to Adopt
Ministry of Labor and Social Policy Department of Family Policy 11 Nowogrodzka Street 00-513 Warsaw, Poland Tel: +48 (22) 529-0666 or 0665 Fax: +48 (22) 429-0661 Email: Aleksandra.firstname.lastname@example.org Internet: Poland's Adoption Authority
Because Poland is party to the Hague Adoption Convention, adopting from Poland must follow a specific process designed to meet the Convention’s requirements. A brief summary of the Convention adoption process is given below. You must complete these steps in the following order so that your adoption meets all necessary legal requirements. Adoptions completed out of order may result in the child not being eligible for an immigrant visa to the United States.
- Choose a U.S. accredited or approved adoption service provider
- Apply to USCIS to be found eligible to adopt
- Be matched with a child by authorities in Poland
- Apply to USCIS for the child to be found eligible for immigration to the United States and receive U.S. agreement to proceed with the adoption
- Adopt the Child in Poland
- Obtain a U.S. immigrant visa for your child and bring your child home
To learn more about this process please read How to Adopt from Poland.
Applying for Your U.S. Passport
A valid U.S. passport is required to enter and leave Poland. Only the U.S. Department of State has the authority to grant, issue, or verify U.S. passports. Getting or renewing a passport is easy. To learn more please read about Traveling Abroad in Poland.
What resources are available to assist families after the adoption?
Many adoptive parents find it important to find support after the adoption. Take advantage of all the resources available to your family -- whether it's another adoptive family, a support group, an advocacy organization, or your religious or community services.
Here are some good places to start your support group search:
U.S. Embassy in Poland
Ministry of Labor and Social Policy Department of Family Policy 11 Nowogrodzka Street 00-513 Warsaw, Poland Tel: +48 (22) 529-0666 or 0665 Fax: +48 (22) 429-0661 Email: Aleksandra.email@example.com Internet: [Poland's Adoption Authority
National Adoptive-Guardian Center of the Children's Friends Society
(Towarzystwo Przyjaciol Dzieci – TPD) Ul. Krakowskie Przedmiescie 6 00-325 Warszawa Tel: +48 (22) 425-4677 or 4688 Fax: +48 (22) 827-7813 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Catholic Adoptive-Guardian Center (Katolicki Osrodek Adopcyjno-Opiekunczy)
Ul. Grochowska 194/196 04-357 Warszawa Fax: (48)(22) 818-5430 Email: email@example.com Internet: CJA
Embassy of Poland
Office of Children’s Issues
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
For questions about immigration procedures: National Customer Service Center (NCSC) Tel: 1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833) Internet: USCIS
For questions about filing a Form I-800A or I-800 petition: National Benefits Center Tel: 1-877-424-8374 (toll free); 1-816-251-2770 (local) Email: NBC.Adoptions@DHS.gov
Intercountry Adoption, Bureau of Consular Affairs. U.S. Department of State Country Information adoption.state.gov/country_information/country_specific_info.php?country-select=poland