Mimi Huminska, president of Huminska's Anioly Inc., has placed almost 1,200 children from Poland, over the past 21 years, with parents in the United States.
"Anioly" means "angels" in Polish.
holds Hague international accreditation and said she
is the only U.S. adoption service that holds official Polish accreditation.
Both accreditations guard the welfare of the child involved and the agency's compliance with procedures.
, whose husband is of Polish heritage, said her
business is a personal mission.
husband failed several times in their efforts to have biological children, they decided to adopt.
later found out that her
daughter, Evona, whom the couple adopted from a Polish orphanage at almost 4 in 1989, was born on the day she
husband first made the decision to adopt, Christmas Day, 1985.
"In 21 years, I've seen divine intervention in this business so many times it gives me chills," she
husband later adopted another child from Poland, son Eric, now 20.
said many United States couples who desire an international adoption from Poland are of Polish heritage and want to retain that in their family line.
Another reason children adopted from Poland are a good match for American families is because, unlike in some other countries, they are well-cared for in Polish orphanages and taught love, she
"Children adopted through us are generally 4 to 15 years old," she
"Polish citizens usually adopt the babies and toddlers.
There were 1,000 adoptions last year by Polish citizens, which speaks to how well the children are cared for."
said the cost for adopting a Polish orphan is about the same as with other international adoptions, but the cost is for the process, not the child.
"Paperwork is stringent, whether you are adopting one child, or more than one," she
said, noting that people sometimes adopt siblings at once.
"We walk parents through each phase of the process."
said prospective parents go to Poland to meet their child and the attorney handling the adoption, and spend two weeks.
"My goal is to start a support group for Georgia families with children who are adopted from Poland," Huminska
currently has support groups in several states.