Poland Adoption Services

Flag of PolandMap of PolandPoland, a central European nation with a land area of 312,679 square kilometers and a population of 38.5 million, is the 6th largest nation in the European Union and the largest among the group of former Communist countries that joined the EU after the breakup of the Warsaw Pact and the Soviet Union. Poland also enjoys a dynamic economy with a growth rate that has consistently outpaced that of other EU nations since it joined the union in 2004.

Poland’s history as a nation state dates back to the late 10th Century when ruler Mieszko I converted to Christianity. The Kingdom of Poland was established in 1025. The country remained independent for more than 700 years and was further enlarged in 1569 with the established of the Poland-Lithuania Commonwealth. Between 1772-1795 Poland was gradually partitioned among Prussia, Austria, and Russia and only regained its independence in 1918, after WWI. After little more than three decades of freedom, Poles once again found themselves invaded at the outset of WWII in September 1939, this time by Germany. The German Blitzkrieg quickly overwhelmed the Polish army, and Poland was partitioned between Germany and the Soviet Union. Following WWII, Poland became a satellite state of the Soviet Union. 1980 saw the rise of Solidarity, the first independent trade union in the East Bloc. Rising labor unrest during the decade eventually led to the first free elections since prior to WWII and the election of Lech Walesa, the leader of Solidarity, as president of Poland and its withdrawal from the Warsaw Pact, an event that quickly resulted in the fall of other Communist governments in the region.

Adoption Process

In addition to these U.S. requirements for prospective adoptive parents, Poland also has the following requirements for prospective adoptive parents: