The Czech Republic is not considered a country of origin for intercountry adoption at this time. While adoption is legally possible, children from the Czech Republic are not generally placed for intercountry adoption. Only three children from the Czech Republic have received a U.S. immigrant visa based on an intercountry adoption in the past five fiscal years. The information provided is intended primarily to assist in extremely rare adoption cases from the Czech Republic, including adoptions of children fromthe Czech Republic by relatives in the United States, as well as adoptions from third countries by U.S. citizens living in the Czech Republic.
Below is the limited adoption information the Department has obtained from the adoption authority of the 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 of State’s country page for more information on traveling to the Czech Republic and the U.S. Embassy in Prague’s website for information on consular services.
The consular officer will send a letter (referred to as an “Article 5/17 Letter”) to the Czech Republic’s Central Authority in any intercountry adoption involving U.S. citizen adoptive parents and a child from the Czech Republic if all Convention requirements are met and the child appears eligible to immigrate to the United States. This letter will inform the Czech Central Authority that the parents are suitable and eligible to adopt, that the child appears eligible to enter and reside permanently in the United States, and that the U.S. Central Authority agrees that the adoption may proceed.
Warning: Do not attempt to adopt a child in the Czech Republic before USCIS has provisionally approved your Form I-800 petition AND a U.S. consular officer issues the “Article 5/17 Letter” for your 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.
The Czech Republic’s Central Authority: Úrad pro mezinárodne právní ochranu detí
(Office for International Legal Protection of Children)
Silingrovo namestí 3/4
Tel: +420 542 215 522
Fax: +420 542 212 836
You are about to leave travel.state.gov for an external website that is not maintained by the U.S. Department of State.
Links to external websites are provided as a convenience and should not be construed as an endorsement by the U.S. Department of State of the views or products contained therein. If you wish to remain on travel.state.gov, click the "cancel" message.
Copyright & Disclaimer |
No FEAR Act Data |
Office of the Inspector General |
This site is managed by the U.S. Department of State. External links to other Internet sites and listings of private entities on this page are provided as a convenience and should not be construed as the U.S. Department of State or U.S. government endorsement of the entity, its views, the products or services it provides, or the accuracy of information contained therein. The order in which names appear has no significance, and the listings or links may be removed at any time at the discretion of the Department.