Poland Adoption

Poland Adoption | Frequently Asked Questions

Poland Adoption - Steps

This is a brief overview of steps.  To hear more detail about the Polish Adoption Process, we offer free group seminars over phone and Skype.

You can also take advantage of a free consultation – upto 1 hour. Scheduling is typically done 3 business days in advance.

We want to educate you about the process, and this consultation is a courtesy from us – regardless of where you are in the process.

Polish Adoption Cost

Approximately $32,500.  (If you qualify for one of our financing options, for a $20,000 Adoption Loan with a 60 month term at 5.99% APR, the monthly payment can be approximately as low as $387.) FINANCING options – click here

Fees Paid in US
Application $300 Due with applicaiton
Agency Fee $6,200 Payment plan available
IAAME Overseight Fee $500 Per child – Payable to IAAME – Due w contract
Dossier Fee $6,500 Due at your pace
Foreign Country Fees
Wire with Dossier $1,000 Due with submission of dossier
In Country Fee (Wire) $10,000 Due after you’ve accepted your child
Fee Due w Trip (Wire) $8,000 Due when you go to Poland
TOTAL $32,500

(If you qualify for one of our financing options, for a $20,000 Adoption Loan with a 60 month term at 5.99% APR, the monthly payment can be approximately as low as $387.) FINANCING options – click here

Payments are roughly divided into 4 nearly equal installments with several months in between. Key:  Our agency lets you go at your own pace.  No predetermined timetable in contract.  Its your timing.  Your pace. Payment plans spreading out fees (using credit card) are available. PayPal Available for domestic fees. For more detail on cost and FINANCING, please CLICK HERE.


1 Trip. Trip is triggered by a court order from a Polish judge. It is  6 – 7 weeks in length.  Although, it could Vary.

Poland is serious about doing the bonding right – so they expect the parents to sacrifice to make this trip.  One parent can leave after about 3 weeks.   Poland is a nice place to stay.

Most people find out that their employers will go along with it.  We’re happy to write letters to confirm your absence.  In addtion, federal law says that you have the right to 12 weeks FMLA.

No "Waiting Children"

You’re not eligible to veiw any waiting children in Poland before you’ve completed your dossier and submitted it to the Polish Central Authority.

Poland only considers your file for adoption after you’ve obtained the necessary paperwork.

Agencies don’t have the “power” to hold your children.  For more on this, review the Hague Convention.

No "Hosting"

Saint Mary International Adoptons has never had a hosting program. 

As far as we know, we have not seen “hosting” or any similar wording described under Hague Adoption Law.  We have not seen “hosting” described in our US law – under 22CFR96. 

Therefore, we are not aware of any hosting options, or the laws that govern these procedures.     

Please do not contact us about hosting.  

For more on this, review the Hague Convention.

Health of the Children

Most often the diagnosis we see coming from Poland is some sort of suspesion of FAS, low birth weigh, and/or neglect.

Of course, each child will have different needs.  Developmental dealys to be expected as usual in international adoption, though Polish orphanges and care provided is pretty nice relative to other countries.

We do NOT see many severe special needs cases such as Cerebral Palsy or Autism.

Age of the Children

Most adoptions from Poland we help our parents with are for children between the ages of 1-4.

Age restrictions for adoptive parents start at age 40.

Siblings are available, and we would say are even common.


About 2 – 3 years from start to finish.

Year 1, you’ll be doing your homework. This means you will be preparing your paperwork requirements – with our help and advice.

Year 2, you will wait to be matched with your child. Once you accept your child, you’ll be going to Poland to do your bonding and complete the req’s to bring your child home.

Of course, both of these “estimations” are variable.  Some on your own speed and criteria.  Some on government.

Do I Qualify

For Poland, 3 Years Marriage Length.  40 year difference for the mom, 45 for the dad.

For the agency, we evaluate whether it is a good fit to be working together as we get to know you when we chat on the phone.

Is Poland Open?

Poland is open.   We’re accepting applications.

The country did go through a change in 2017.  It appears one of its centers, in Warsaw, assumed on more responsibility in processing international adoptions.  It appears that has slowed things down.

Historically, Poland has kept its program open, even during transitions as big as implementing a structure consistent with the Hague convention in the early 2000s.  During that time, many other countries temporarily closed down until they could implement the needed changes to comply with requirements.  Poland did not.  Therefore, historically, it appears they’re committed to international adoption.

Poland has never been a “big adoption program”.  Total adoptions to the US for the past 10 years range in the numbers between 30 and 50, with the exception of 2015 and 2016 where the total adoptions to the US increased to 60 and 98 respectively.

We don’t claim to have a magic ball and tell you what the future holds for Poland.  However, we’ve worked there since 2001 and we remain committed to its process.

We’re continuing to serve our parents with their adoptions from Poland and have seen several cases come to completion, even in the “transition year of 2017”.

We’re aware that other agencies have chosen to close their Polish programs, but we have worked there longer and are choosing to remain.

Statistically speaking, even with this slowdown, Poland’s process is still relatively fast compared to other countries throughout the world.

For the best information about Poland, or any other country, we recommend notifications from the US Department of State – as that is the best source of information.  Other sources, such as facebook groups or blogs – not so much.

Poland, as a Catholic country, has strong family values.  They love their orphans and they have proven so over the years.  As a Christian agency, we stand with their values and will keep serving our parents with adoptions from Poland.

St. Mary's Advantage

Longest standing agency in Poland.  Since 2001.

Most expereience and knowledge about the Polish commission’s req’s, in practice.

By His grace, over 200 Polish children placed since 2001.

These are our most current Poland Adoption stories – “Happening now”

Saint Mary International Adoptions’ Poland Adoption Program 

As we have so much experience in Polish adoptions, we like to show future adoptive parents what adopting from Poland is like by more than just bullet points and our words alone.  

That is why we love to use our site to show you real stores.  These are real poeple we’ve served with adoptions from Poland.  This way, you can see the work that God is doing through our agency for yourself.  We find that typically helps future adoptive parents understand the process better.

As we present the information about adoptiong from Poland, we love to it up with stories that you can see.  This way you know that our explanation of how the process works is based on real experience and real success stories.   

Per His grace, love, and mercy – since 2001, we’ve seen tens and tens of Polish children adopted.  The majority of these children were between the ages of 1-4. 

With that being said, we invite you to enjoy the rest of our site that will hopefully let you learn about Poland adoption by seeing real adoption stories.

And as always, feel free to give us a call if you’d like to chat with someone.  Our office number is 704 527 7673. 

“Before-Afer” Adoption Stories – Slider

Welcome A Child in My Name

Christian Adoptive Parents Share Polish Adoption Story

Danica’s Polish Adoption Story

Sweet “Before/After” Adoption Story!

Three Years After Adoption

“Before-After” Adoption Story | 3 Years Later

Polish International Adoption | 6 Years Later

“Before – After” Adoption Story | Aven

Poland Adoption | 8 Years Later

Before and After Poland Adoption Story | 8 Years Later

Polish Adoption Story | 9 Years Later

We can’t believe that it has been 9 years since this Polish adoption was finalized. But here you have it – 9 years after photo – for these children who were adopted from Poland.

Families share videos from Poland – Slider

Finalized Polish Adoption | Video

“We will wait because we feel in our hearts that God wants us to wait, because these are our children! And so, we’ll wait!”

Adoption Joy: Christian Family Completes Poland Adoption!

Completed Polish Adoption | US Family Living Abroad

Family Shares their International Adoption Experience

Helping Parents adopt from Poland since 2001

Poland Adoption: Welcome Home, Aven!

Adoption Video | Poland Adoption

Poland Adoption Agency: A Trip to Poland

Polish Adoption | Completed in 2010

Poland Adoption Video

Polish Adoption Agency | St. Mary Adoptions!

A Family’s Adoption Journey

Saint Mary Family Adopts from Poland | Video

Poland Adoption: Kinga’s Homecoming!

A completed Polish Adoption | Kinga is Home!

Polish International Adoption

Meet Your Child for the First Time | Poland Adoption

Polish Adoption: St. Mary’s Adopted Children

We wanted to share this video of this beautiful little girl who was adopted by a wonderful Christian family. She is growing up to know Jesus as she signs this "Jesus loves me" song. From the staff at St. Mary's, we feel blessed to have been given the opportunity to...
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Polish Culture and Stats

Poland has some of the best ratios of caregivers to children (apprx 1:8) and is a US/NATO Ally.

The info below is shared from CIA’s FactBook, Poland Page  that provides data on each country in the world by our very own CIA.  

Human beings are complicated, we all know that.  But some believe that education and religion can often times play an important role in the decisions you make for yourslef, your helath, your babies, even if these babies end up for adoption.  Here are some statistics about Poland that we found on CIA’s website.


  • Religion: Roman Catholic 89.8%  
  • Literacy: Total population: 99.7%     
  • Mother’s mean age at first birth: 26.6
  • Population: 38,383,809
  • Unemployment: Ages 15 – 24: Total: 28.9%
  • Population below poverty line: 10.6%    

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Verse of Day - May 11, 2018

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.

Joshua 1:9


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