Exercise normal precautions in Slovakia.
Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.
If you decide to travel to Slovakia:
Slovakia 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 Slovakia.
Below is the limited adoption information that the Department has obtained from the adoption authority of Slovakia. Adoptions from Slovakia are rare; fewer than five adoptions by U.S. citizen parents have taken place since 2006. U.S. citizens interested in adopting children from Slovakia should contact the Central Authority of Slovakia to inquire about applicable laws and procedures. U.S. citizen prospective adoptive parents living in Slovakia who would like to adopt a child from the United States or from a third country should also contact Slovakia’s Central Authority. See contact information below.
Please visit the Department’s Country Specific Information for more information on travelling to Slovakia and the U.S. Embassy in Bratislava’s website for information on consular services.
NOTE: Slovakia requires bilateral agreement or equivalent act before accepting applications from another country including the United States.
WARNING: The consular officer will send a letter (referred to as an “Article 5 Letter”) to the Slovakia’s Central Authority in any intercountry adoption involving U.S. citizen parents and a child from Slovakia 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 Slovakia’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.
Do not attempt to adopt or obtain custody of a child in Slovakia 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 Slovakia, 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.
Slovakia’s Adoption Authority
Centrum pre medzinárodnoprávnu ochranu detí a mládeže
(Centre for International Legal Protection of Children and Youth)
P.O. Box 57
814 99 Bratislava
Tel.: +421(2)59753208 / +421(2)59753248
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