Poland Adoption Collaboration

child_9International Child Foundation has a high regard for the Poland Adoption program offered through St. Mary International Adoption.  As a licensed, accredited AZ agency, we’ve helped families with home studies for Poland through St. Mary’s program for several years.  We appreciate their caring, conscientious services, which compliment our commitment to families.  Two of our social workers are trained to meet specific Polish home study requirements.  We are excited that Nick Ratchev, the program director,  invited us to help more families prepare to adopt from Poland!

St Mary will help with your adoption and International Child Foundation will help with your home study and post-adoption services.  The St. Mary description of Poland Adoption is below.  Contact us with any questions.  We will be happy to provide general information or arrange for an individual or conference call with Nick.  Call 520 531-9931 or email info@childfound.org

To visit to the St Mary Poland Adoption Program webpage, click here St Mary Poland Adoption


St Mary International Adoption is both Hague accredited and authorized by the Polish Central Authority to provide adoption services.  To read more about the Hague Convention, please visit the Department of State website.

Do I Qualify to Adopt from Poland?

Here are some preliminary information about requirements from Poland.

  • Married couples and single women can adopt.
  • The mothers may be up to 40 years older than the child
  • The fathers can be up to 45 years older than the child.
  • There is no discretion against non-Catholics.
  • Adoptive parents have been married for at least 3 years at time of submission of the “dossier” to Poland.

Of course, there is a long way to go before you would be approved as an adoptive parent(s). This includes St. Mary’s own approval process, the approval of USCIS, foreign country approvals, etc.

How Long Will the Process Take?

This is another question that is difficult to make a statistic out of. Some of this actually depends on the adoptive parents. Before your “dossier” is submitted to the authorities, there are documents that you need to prepare (with our assistance of course).

As our promise, we want our parents to able to reach us (call/text/email/skype) when they have questions on any of the guidelines that we have provided them as they work on their “dossier”.  The parents will prepare this portion of the process at their own pace consistent with their schedules, lifestyles, etc.

We are blessed to report that the waiting time to be presented with a referral of a child by the Polish Central Authority is currently averaging less than a year (6 – 10 months). This is relatively good compared to other adoption programs.

How am I Matched with a Child from Poland?

We will guide you through the paperwork stage, and its legalities, and approvals along the way until it’s time to submit your “dossier” to the Polish Central Authorities. We will forward your “dossier” to our representatives in-country on your behalf, and they will translate it and submit it with the appropriate authorities.

Poland is a Hague Country, and upon Hague Laws for protection of the children, there is a “Central Authority” which is a government ran agency that will review your “dossier” and attempt to match your family with a child/ren. Upon your acceptance of that proposed match, you will then continue on with the process which would require two trips.

Do I Need to Travel to Poland?

Yes. Poland adoption requires two trips. Polish law requires both parents to see the child before the adoption. You will meet the child on your first trip. It is approximately 3 to 5 days in length. Both adoptive parents are required to take this trip.

Second Trip is for the bonding period and the court hearing. Bonding period can be between 14 and 28 days. Both parents need to stay in country for that. Bonding period ends with a court date (in some regions, there might be 2 court hearings). After the court hearing(s), for the court decree to become valid, 21 days are required. In some cases, the judge may choose to shorten it to 14 days. After the decree is final, the adoptive parents need to attend the US Embassy interview after obtaining the required documents for the child’s visa. In most cases, one parent may leave after the court hearing.

Only one parent is required to stay after the court hearing(s).

How Much Will it Cost to Adopt from Poland (Fee Schedule)

The fees for an adoption in Poland is estimated to be approximately $ 28,000 to $32,000, including agency fees, application fees, and foreign fees. An important thing to keep in mind is that these fees are broken down and are due in installments along the process. The fees are non-refundable. They may however be applied to future international adoption through St. Mary’s. For further breakdown of fees and expenses, please fill out our Contact Form. We will send you additional information and you will have an opportunity to speak with someone from our agency if you like.

Also, please keep in mind that the adoption tax credit is approximately $13,000 which can be applied to your adoption after it has been finalized. The adoption tax credit is per child. You can visit the IRS website for more information on the adoption tax credit here.

In addition, we would like to invite you to consider the ABBA fund when you are planning out your finances for adoption. The ABBA Fund assists Christ-centered families committed to caring for orphans in loving, nurturing Christian family environments.  The ABBA fund and others can help families with adoption grants and funding or loans.

Additionally, we would like to remind you that the exchange rate between the dollar and the euro can affect your calculations for your expenses while you are in country in regards to airfare, lodging, and food (not the fees due for the legal part of the process as these fees are set in dollars, not euros). For trusted sources of the daily exchange rate, we recommend you search governmental websites which provide this kind of information.