**Please note that an expression of interest in a specific child on our website does not guarantee a match or referral of that child.
There are numerous approvals required throughout the adoption process to ensure that the adoption is in the best interest of the child and for you as an adoptive family. Your application must be approved by The Open Door in order to make sure that you are eligible for the country program for which you are applying. Your home study agency assesses you thoroughly to determine your suitability as adoptive parents, and what types of children would fit best in your home, taking into consideration a child or children’s age range, number of children, gender, and special needs. Some families may need to complete additional training to best prepare themselves for a child with special needs. Not every family is a good fit for these needs. Every prospective adoptive parent must also receive approval to adopt from USCIS (United States Citizen and Immigration Services) and the foreign country from which you hope to adopt. Neither our agency nor any adoption agency can guarantee any family a specific child. It is important to understand that inter-country adoption is a process with many parties working together to evaluate your ability to be a good match for a child over the course of multiple steps.
We are excited to share that there are many changes in Poland in the last few months. A new Minister in the Adoptions Office was recently appointed and others who previously worked in the office have now left. Our Polish representative, Joanna, received a phone call this week from a person working at the Adoption Unit. According to this person, all children who live in orphanages and don’t have contacts with their biological families are candidates for international adoption. During the phone call, we also received confirmation that the Ministry made an arrangement with the United States Office of Children’s Issues, that they will give the final approval for a family at the dossier submission time and before the I-800 filing/Article 5 issuance. This is huge change and we encourage families to review our waiting children from Poland and give them a chance to have loving and caring families. We put our Polish adoption program on hold for over a year now in regards to accepting new applications and now we are optimistically re-opening our program.
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With over 8 million children living in orphanages, our mission is to facilitate placing as many orphaned children into loving Christian families as possible.
Adopting internationally can seem like a daunting task at first. Open Door will walk you through each step of the process, explaining the requirements clearly and concisely. As a smaller agency, our staff take a personal and hands on approach. We strive to get to know each of our families and see ourselves as your advocates and allies through the complicated maze of international adoption. We aim to take the stress out of the adoption process to leave you more space for preparing your hearts and home for a child.
Having helped more than 800 children come home from overseas, we can say first hand, there’s nothing more fulfilling than bringing your child home! As one of our families said recently, “adoption isn’t easy, but it’s worth it”. We would love to walk by your side during the journey.