From the Staff at Saint Mary International Adoptions, we are very humbled to share these adoption agency reviews with you.  If you have any questions, or would like to chat with any of these St. Mary’s Adoptive Parents, please email me at:

-Nick Ratchev, MBA

 Operations Manager

“We found St. Mary’s via an online search. We drove to their office in Charlotte to meet with them before we even decided if we wanted to apply. After our initial meeting, we knew that God had sent us there and we had such a peace about our journey. They truly make the experience personal. International adoption is not an easy process, but St. Mary’s does all that they can to help in the process and to provide advice and support. I can’t imagine going through this process without the network of friends St. Mary’s put us in contact with. They were families who had already completed their adoption or were in the process of adopting through the agency. Being able to talk to those “who had been there” and glean their advice in preparation, or talking to those who were also experiencing the same emotions, celebrations, and struggles along the way was truly a gift. We even met and had a play date with another family while we were in Poland! St. Mary’s became family to us in the less than two years it took us to navigate the paperwork, meet our daughter, and then to finally bring her home. I highly recommend this agency and the work that they do for their families.”

-Jill and Joe

“Saint Mary’s takes their role in leading families through the adoption process very seriously. Though we’ve never had the chance to meet in person with Nick and Lina due to geographical distance; they are available on FaceTime, the phone and via email to answer questions, give direction or offer advice when needed. Our first adoption journey was longer and much more tumultous than we could have expected, but bringing our daughter home in February was worth every struggle. We are now working our way through the process again with Saint Mary’s to bring our final and youngest daughter home. Both Nick and Lina have been very understanding and helpful as we make this journey together again. They have been working diligently to keep in constant communication with us over the past several months as they have learned how important such communication is to us personally. We look forward to one day making our way through Charlotte so that all of our children can meet the people at Saint Mary’s who served The Lord in helping bring our family together as He had planned.”

-Jaime and Bobby 

“My wife and I are so glad that we found Saint Mary’s. This is our first time down the adoption track and Lina and Nick have been by our side the whole way. They are always there when there’s a question or small panic. When I’ve compared experiences with friends who have adopted through other agencies, our friends have been jealous at how put together and in depth the information we have received is”

-Matt and Rebecca 

“My wife and I have been through the international adoption process twice. Our first had been with a different agency. We are very happy we went with Saint Mary’s for our second adoption as we were referred a sibling group of three beautiful children. Lina and Nick provided the information and support we needed to help with the process and our peace of mind. International adoption is not a walk in the park. There is a lot of time, paperwork, ups and downs involved. So choosing a trustworthy and dependable adoption agency is paramount for adoptive parents’ sanity. The agency’s Facebook page that allows all the families involved with Saint Mary’s to connect with one another was a blessing. We truly believe God used Saint Mary’s to connect us with our children and bring our family all together. Thank you, Lina and Nick!”

-Darin and Kelly 

My husband and I had a wonderful first trip to Poland this summer. St. Mary’s brought us together with three energetic and affectionate kids. From the moment we played catch and bubbles with them in the adoption center, we knew they were ours. We Skype all the time with our dzieci, who are looking forward to having their own bikes and computer tablets in the US.

-Rebekah and John 

“We knew that adoption would be a crazy journey with ups and downs, so finding a trustworthy agency was high on our priority list after making the decision to adopt. After nearly a year of research, a lot of calls and reference checks, we found St. Mary International Adoptions. We knew immediately this was the agency for us. We could tell from day one that they truly and passionately cared about the work they do – brining families together. They have been amazing to work with throughout the entire process. They are very detailed with instructions which made the paperwork portion much easier than I had anticipated. They are very patient and are happy to answer my countless questions. They have provided amazing resources and have connected us with other parents in the St. Mary’s family which has provided us with so much support. They have cheered with us on our good days and have been there to support us on our not so good days. They are more than I thought we would find in an agency. If you are considering adoption, I highly recommend St. Mary International Adoptions. If we adopt again, we will definitely be calling Nick & Lina at St. Mary’s!”

-Wally and Amanda 

“My wife and I started our international adoption process a little over a year ago. I have been highly impressed with Nick and Lina and their entire staff at Saint Mary’s International Adoptions. Anytime I have had a questions or needed assistance with anything either Nick or Lina has called me back very quickly. They are professional, courteous, caring, and above all Christians. Nick and Lina and their entire staff have made this process, that can seem overwhelming in the begging, very smooth and easy to manage. They walk you through the Dossier process in a easy step by step process. They have dedicated their professional lives to serving God through their work for the Children of Poland. Not only were we impressed with Saint Mary’s, but we were also equally impressed with everyone on our first trip from Poland. From the guide and driver who picked us up at the Airport, the staff at the Adoption Commission, to the entire organization at the orphanage, everyone was very professional and extremely caring of the children. Without reservation, and with the highest level of confidence, I recommend Nick and Lina and their entire staff at Saint Mary’s if you and your family are thinking about starting an international adoption journey,

-Ryan and Tara 

My husband and I have been working with Saint Mary International Adoptions to bring home our 3 beautiful little boys home from Poland. This process isn’t always easy so its very important to have a good agency on your side. We’ve been so happy and impressed with how hard they’ve worked for us. We’ve had one successful trip to meet the boys already and look forward to taking them home soon! Nick and Lina are very passionate about adoption and it shows every time I talk to them. We’ve always felt very supported and prepared. If you’re adopting from Poland or Bulgaria, this is the agency to choose.

-Connor and Chelsea 

“The staff at Saint Mary International Adoptions is kind and caring and is genuinely interested in helping to build strong families through the adoption process and grace of God. They have matched us up with a wonderful little boy who has stolen our hearts and we can’t wait to get to bring home with us shortly. We will be forever grateful for the miracle they have given us”.

-Kim and Thomas 

“We’re so thankful we used St. Mary’s to adopt our daughter. Lina and Nick really know their stuff and they were a tremendous help and support when we needed it. I highly recommend them.”

-Charity and Alex 

“Saint Mary is the best adoption agency in so many ways, they become your family when you go through the process of adopting/extending your family. From the first conversation I felt very comfortable and was already building a relationship with those at the agency. It has been a roller coaster of a ride, as most adoptions are, and they have been by our side through everything. They are experts in the process and what is needed and make sure that everything is done correctly. If you are looking to extend your family through adoption then Saint Mary is the way to go. I am so glad I have the agency and those who have adopted before me who become mentors and helpers through the process. It truly is a wonderful agency.”

-Lydia and Carlos  

“Amazing people to work with. Very knowledgeable and supportive. Very blessed to have them on this journey with us.”

-Jocelyn and Matthew

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Today's Verse:  -Joshua 1:9-

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go