Exercise normal precautions in Slovenia.
Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.
If you decide to travel to Slovenia:
Slovenia is party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Convention). Intercountry adoption processing in Convention 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 Slovenia.
Intercountry adoptions from Slovenia are extremely rare; no adoptions by U.S. citizen parents have taken place in the past decade.
Below is the limited adoption information that the Department has obtained from the adoption authority of Slovenia. U.S. citizens interested in adopting children from Slovenia should contact the Central Authority of Slovenia to inquire about applicable laws and procedures. U.S. citizen prospective adoptive parents living in Slovenia who would like to adopt a child from the United States or from a third country should also contact Slovenia’s Central Authority. See contact information below.
Please visit the Department’s Country Specific Information for more information on travelling to Slovenia and the U.S. Embassy in Ljubljana’s website for information on consular services.
WARNING: The consular officer will send a letter (referred to as an “Article 5 Letter”) to the Slovenian Central Authority in any intercountry adoption involving U.S. citizen parents and a child from Slovenia 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 Slovenian 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 Slovenia 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 Slovenia, 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.
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