Exercise normal precautions in the Czech Republic.
Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.
If you decide to travel to the Czech Republic:
The Czech Republic is party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). Intercountry adoption processing in Hague countries is done in accordance with the requirements of the Convention; the U.S. implementing legislation, the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 (IAA); and the IAA’s implementing regulations, as well as the implementing legislation and regulations of the Czech Republic.
Please find below information that the Department has obtained from the adoption authority of Czech Republic. U.S. citizens interested in adopting children from the Czech Republic should contact the Central Authority of the Czech Republic to inquire about applicable laws and procedures. U.S. citizen prospective adoptive parents living in the Czech Republic who would like to adopt a child from the United States or from a third country should also contact the Czech Republic’s Central Authority. See contact information below.
Please visit the Department’s Country Specific Information for more information on travelling to the Czech Republic and the U.S. Embassy in Prague’s website for information on consular services.
Please note: The consular officer will send a letter (referred to as an “Article 5 Letter”) to the Czech Republic Central Authority regarding any intercountry adoption involving U.S. citizen parents and a child from the Czech Republic; in cases where all Convention requirements are met and the consular officer determines that the child appears eligible to immigrate to the United States. This letter will inform the Czech Republic’s Central Authority that the parents are eligible and suited to adopt, that all indications are that the child may enter and reside permanently in the United States, and that the U.S. Central Authority agrees that the adoption may proceed further.
Do not attempt to adopt or obtain custody of a child in the Czech Republic before a U.S. consular officer issues the Article 5 Letter in any adoption case.
Remember: The consular officer will make a final decision about a child’s eligibility for an immigrant visa later in the adoption process.
To bring an adopted child to the United States from Czech Republic, you must meet certain suitability and eligibility requirements. USCIS determines who is suitable and eligible to adopt a child from another country and bring that child to live in the United States under U.S. immigration law.
Additionally, a child must meet the definition of a Convention adoptee under U.S. immigration law in order to be eligible to immigrate to the United States with an IH-3 or IH-4 immigrant visa.
Czech Republic’s Adoption Authority
Úrad pro mezinárodne právní ochranu detí
(Office for International Legal Protection of Children)
Silingrovo namestí 3/4
tel. & fax: +420 (5) 4221 2836
Dr. Marketa Novakova
Office for International Legal Protection of Children
Brno, Czech Republic
Tel: +420 542 215 443
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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