Security Alert
May 17, 2024

Worldwide Caution

May 10, 2024

Information for U.S. Citizens in the Middle East

Intercountry Adoption


Country Information


Slovak Republic
Exercise normal precautions in Slovakia.

Reissued with obsolete COVID-19 page links removed.

Exercise normal precautions in Slovakia.

Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Slovakia.

If you decide to travel to Slovakia:


Hague Convention Participation

Hague Adoption Convention Country?
Are Intercountry Adoptions between this country and the United States possible?
Intercountry adoptions are not currently possible between Slovakia and the United States.

Hague Convention Information

Slovakia is not currently placing children with U.S. families at this time.

Slovakia is a party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Convention). Intercountry adoption processing in Convention countries must be done in accordance with the Convention; the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 (IAA); the IAA’s implementing regulations; and all applicable legislation and regulations of Slovakia.

Below is the limited adoption information the Department has obtained from the adoption authority of Slovakia. 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 of State’s country pages for more information on traveling to Slovakia and the U.S. Embassy in Bratislava’s website for information on consular services.

The consular officer will send a letter (referred to as an “Article 5/17 Letter”) to Slovakia’s Central Authority in any intercountry adoption involving U.S. citizen adoptive parents and a child from Slovakia if all Convention requirements are met and the child appears eligible to immigrate to the United States. This letter will inform Slovakia’s 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 Slovakia 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.

Contact Information

Slovakia’s Adoption Authority:
Centrum pre medzinárodnoprávnu ochranu detí a mládeže
(Centre for International Legal Protection of Children and Youth)
Špitálska 8
P.O. Box 57
814 99 Bratislava
Tel: +421 2 204 632 08
Fax: +421 2 204 632 58

U.S. Embassy in Bratislava, Slovakia
IV Unit/Adoptions
Address: Hviezdoslavovo námestie
811 02 Staré Mesto, Slovakia
Tel: +421 254 430 861
Fax: +421 2 5441 8861

Embassy of Slovakia
3523 International Court NW
Washington, D.C., 20008
Tel: 1-202-237-1054

Office of Children’s Issues
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20520
Tel: 1-888-407-4747

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
For questions about filing a Form I-800A application or a Form I-800 petition:
USCIS National Benefits Center (NBC):
Tel: 1-877-424-8374 (toll free); 1-913-275-5480 (local); Fax: 1-913-214-5808

For general questions about immigration procedures:
USCIS Contact Center
Tel: 1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833)

Last Updated: August 27, 2018

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Bratislava
Hviezdoslavovo námestie 4,
811 02 Bratislava
+(421) (2) 5443-0861 or +(421) (2) 5443-3338
+(421) 903-703-666
+(421) (2) 5441-8861

Slovakia Map