International adoptions

The Tutelary Adoption Center in Warsaw
1 Nowy Zjazd street
Telephone: 022 621-10-75
e-mail: woa.warszawa@mcps.com.pl

 

 

Information concerning the activity of the Provincial Adoption Center in Warsaw

The Provincial Adoption Center in Warsaw opened on 1st January 2012 within the Mazovian Center of Social Policy in Warsaw.

The Center has its seat in Warsaw on 1 Nowy Zjazd and in five branches located in:

1. Ciechanów

2. Ostrołęka

3.Płock

4. Radom

5.Siedlce.

The Provincial Adoption Center employs psychologists, educators and auxiliary staff. The activity of the Provincial Adoption Center results from the Law of 9th June 2011 dealing with supporting families and foster care system ( the Journal of Law of 2013 item 135 and item 154).

Assignments of the Center:

Main statutory assignments of the Center :

1.qualifying children to be adopted and making psychological and educational evaluation for children to be adopted and collecting current information about the children's health;

2.selecting proper adoptive parents on the grounds of child's needs;

3. co-operating with family court mainly consisting in notifying about circumstances justifying initiating guardianship proceedings ex-officio;

4. assisting in preparing petitions to adopt a child and collecting necessary documents;

5.collecting information about children to be adopted;

6. making psychological and educational evaluation of prospective adoptive parents;

7. analyzing personal, medical, family and financial situation of prospective adoptive parents;

8. carrying diagnostic - consulting activity for prospective adoptive parents;

9. psychological - educational support for prospective adoptive parents and for adoptive parents;

10. organizing trainings for prospective adoptive parents;

11. issuing certificates of completing trainings for prospective adoptive parents; reports of their personal qualifications and making qualifying opinions in cases dealing with placing children with adoptive parents;

12. providing psychological assistance for pregnant women and women staying at gynecological - obstetrical wards who declare to abandon the baby after the delivery;

13. carrying out documentation of performed assignments.

The Provincial Adoption Center prepares prospective adoptive parents by means of for example training.

Training covers 9 group sessions, each session consists of 4 hours and 1 individual session consisting of 2 hours, 38 hours total.

Group activities are organized once a week at regular hours in the afternoon. The training " Closer to a Child" lasts about three months. Meetings take place in the Center in group consisting of many people.

Group activities are of lecture - workshop nature, they combine different ways of work:

1.lecture with multi-media presentations,

2.discussion,

3.practice - married couples and small groups,

4.individual work,

5.psychodrama,

6. movie projection,

7. work with didactic materials,

8. work with source materials,

9. brainstorming.

Children to be adopted before placement stay in :

* foster family

* institution called the orphanage

* temporary foster family

* family orphanage

The Provincial Adoption Center in Warsaw carries out additional assignments with addition to assignments given to all adoption centers.

1.Provincial Data Bank

The Provincial Adoption Center in Warsaw has carried on provincial data bank for children to be adopted called WBK in Mazovian Province since 1st January 2012.

The assignment of WBD is to:

- collecting and sending complete reports of children to be adopted by centers form Mazovian province to 15 centers carrying on provincial data banks in other provinces and

- collecting and sending complete reports of children to be adopted received from 15 centers carrying on provincial data banks in other provinces to all adoption centers in Mazovian province.

The aim of data transfer is to look for prospective adoptive parents in the country.

2. Central Data Bank

The Provincial Adoption Center in Warsaw as the only one in Poland has carried on central data bank for children to be adopted with the change of place of permanent residence of a child in the Polish Republic to the place of permanent residence in a foreign country, called CBD

The assignment of CBD id to :

- qualifying children for adoption connected with the change of place of permanent residence of a child in the Polish Republic to the place of permanent residence in a foreign country.

International Adoption

The procedure of international adoption is defined by the Convention of Protection of Children and Co-operation in International Adoption made in the Hague on 29th May 1993.

The Central Authority in Poland according to the Hague Convention is the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy.

Three centers were designated by the central authority to co-operate with central authorities of foreign countries and adoption centers and organizations:

1.Mazovian Center of Social Policy Provincial Adoption Center in Warsaw, 1 Nowy Zjazd street,

2.Catholic Adoption Center of Warsaw- Praska Diocese in Warsaw, 194/196 Grochowska street

3. National Adoption Center Society of Children's Friends in Warsaw, 6 Krakowskie Przedmieście

International Adoption

International adoption takes place when:

Adoption that causes the change of the permanent place of residence of the adopted in the Polish Republic to the place of permanent residence in another country can only take place when it is only way to provide the suitable family environment for the adopted. There are two exceptions to the rule:

* there is a kinship relationship between the adoptee and the adoptive parent,

* the adoptive parent already adopted a sibling of the adoptee.

Foreign families and Polish families residing abroad who want to adopt children from Poland have to be approved in the country of their permanent residence and their dossiers ( defined by law) have to be sent to one of the three above mentioned authorized centers in Poland by the country central authority or licensed agency in their country of origin.

Families cannot submit dossiers personally nor with the assistance of attorney. They can only use the assistance of the above mentioned authorized agencies.

Prospective adoptive parents meet the Center staff after submitting their dossiers, being approved by the Commission and accepting the referral. Dossiers submitted to the Center or central agency have to be translated by a sworn translator and certified. The family is also responsible for having an interpreter during the meetings in the Center and visits with the child.