Foster Care Day in Poland Date in the current year: May 30, 2024

Foster Care Day in Poland Foster Care Day (Dzień Rodzicielstwa Zastępczego) is a Polish observance held annually on May 30. Like most other holidays and observances declared by statute or parliamentary resolution in Poland, it is a working day unless coinciding with a public holiday (Pentecost or Corpus Christi) or falling on a weekend.

Foster care is a system in which a minor devoid of parental care is placed into a ward, group home, private home of a foster parent (state-certified caregiver) or with a family member approved by the state. The foster parent or institution is compensated for expenses by the state.

Foster care should not be confused with adoption. Adoption is a process whereby a person fully assumes the parenting of a child, including all rights and responsibilities. Unlike adoptive parents, foster parents are responsible solely for the day-to-day care of the minor. They have no right to make legal decisions concerning the minor. In case of foster care, the state, via the child protective services agency and family court, stands in loco parentis (in the place of a parent).

Foster Care Day in Poland was established by the Sejm of the Republic of Poland in 2006. Its main goal is to promote foster parenting in order to provide orphans and children devoid of parental care with caring families.

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