“There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens”(Ecclesiastes 3:1).
Twenty four years ago, after eleven years of prayer, waiting and certainly not enough patience, my husband and I began to understand this Bible verse a little better. At that time, (as it states on the cover page of the 2013 POLSKA and in each of the five (5) HA photo albums of the beautiful children adopted through Huminska’s Anioly),“…two roads diverged in a wood, and I …I took the one less travelled by and that has made all the difference…” (Robert Frost).
I have been happily working with adoptions from Poland for twenty-four years. Over these many years, Huminska’s Anioly (HA) has helped nearly 1250 children from Poland to be adopted into loving and caring homes of US citizens. These families are spread-out over thirty-four states and three foreign countries. None of this would have been possible without the expert guidance of a dedicated team of attorneys and assistants in Poland. Likewise, we have had the pleasure of working with excellent adoption agencies and professionals for home studies and post adoption reports. These dedicated social workers who teamed with HA for the benefit of our families are among the best in the adoption arena. In addition, the enthusiastic group of volunteer PAPA (Polish Adoptive Parents’ Association) Chapter Coordinators and Support Team members has been available for post adoption support and even more importantly they have shared their caring expertise during new families’ pre-adoptive time.
HA has been totally devoted to only one primary mission – helping the children of Poland. With the citizens of Poland now adopting many children from the Orphanage System and keeping them in their homeland, the numbers of children coming to the US has steadily decreased (2004 – 110 children came to the US from Poland and HA was responsible for 81 of them; 2009 – 50 children came from Poland and HA worked with 28) it has become financially impossible for Huminska’s Anioly to apply for Hague re-accreditation and continue our work as an independent agency.
Over the past year, the Board of Directors and I have investigated various options for this adoption work to continue with the excellent professional team in place in Poland and look to the future to continue helping more children and families. While there are many agencies that have wanted this Polish Program and the PAPA component that I developed, it was crucial that the agency chosen would be one with extensive experience, financial strength, an excellent reputation and respect within the adoption community and the desire to work with Poland to continue the mission of helping the Polish children. I did not want an agency who was only interested in profits. It is much more important that their Board of Directors, Founders, and officers’ mission was mainly centered on the children and the families who are devoted to adopting them.
Furthermore, I wanted to continue working with the program through its transition to ensure its ongoing service to the children of Poland and the families who will, and have already adopted. Therefore, I am very pleased to inform you that Christian Adoption Services, Inc. (CAS) from Matthews, North Carolina, under the expert direction of the agency’s founders, James and Doris Woodward, has received their Accreditation from the Ministry in Poland as Huminska’s Anioly‘s successor.
HA and CAS have a ten year history of collaboration. CAS began its mission of helping children through adoption in 1979 when they were located in the state of Maine. They have ten trained social workers to provide full service professional programs. We at HA have been in conversations with them for six months, explaining the details of the program and how it differs from other country’s programs. The Polish lead attorney and her assistant from Poland traveled to North Carolina to meet with CAS founders, several Board members and the staff to assure this was the best decision for all concerned. I am extremely confident that CAS will be able to provide the same or better level of service to the prospective adoptive parents, and the children of Polandthat HA has provided for the last 24 years.
I will continue working with CAS as a consultant to assist with the transition, to promote and implement Seminars about Polish Adoptions and this program and to work directly with the PAPA Chapters to ensure their ongoing commitment and support of the adopted children and their parents.
I will be attending the 2013 picnics and hope that you will be attending at least one of the PAPA Picnics this summer and fall. Although they are planned and implemented within the geographical areas of the physical chapters, those members of the online chapter as well as any of our members, those wanting to learn more about this program and agencies directors and staff are welcome to attend any of our picnics at any time. I just ask that you complete the reservation form found by clicking on the Polska Newsletter tab at the top of this page and return it with your reservation fee quickly. The Picnic coordinators must have final reservations for all who will be attending each picnic in a timely manner.
In my life time, these past 24 yrs was the time for me to follow the mission Our Lord set before me. They certainly have kept me on a roller coaster of emotions as I shared the joys of completed adoptions as well as the sadness and dismay with those who had difficulties. This is a life time experience that one doesn’t easily forget. Most importantly, the memories of each family will remain etched in my mind and on my heart. You have been a major part of my life. I will remain forever grateful for your years of support, encouragement and friendship.
For more information go to Christian Adoption Services, Inc.