Adopting from Slovenia
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The Slovene lands were part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire until the latter's dissolution at the end of World War I. In 1918, the Slovenes joined the Serbs and Croats in forming a new multinational state, which was named Yugoslavia in 1929. After World War II, Slovenia became a republic of the renewed Yugoslavia, which though communist, distanced itself from Moscow's rule. Dissatisfied with the exercise of power by the majority Serbs, the Slovenes succeeded in establishing their independence in 1991 after a short 10-day war. Historical ties to Western Europe, a strong economy, and a stable democracy have assisted in Slovenia's transformation to a modern state. Slovenia acceded to both NATO and the EU in the spring of 2004; it joined the eurozone in 2007.
Hague Convention Information
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.
Remember: The consular officer will make a final decision about a child’s eligibility for an immigrant visa later in the adoption process.
Ministry of Labor, Family and Social Affairs Family Directorate POC: Tanja OBERSKI Address: Kotnikova 28, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia Phone: +386-1-369 75 00 Fax: +386-1-369 79 18 Internet: MDDSZ E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org