Information On Adoption In The Czech Republic
INFORMATION ON ADOPTION IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC As well as in many other countries it is possible for foreigners to adopt a child in the Czech Republic. However recently there have been only a few cases when a child from the Czech Republic was adopted by a family in the U.S.A. The reason is the
For U.S. citizens who plan to adopt a child from a foreign country and apply for an immigrant visa for the child to come to the United States there are two sets of laws particularly relevant:
laws of the child's country of birth govern all activity in that
country including the adoptability of individual children as well
as the adoption of children in country in general (see
2) U.S. Federal immigration law governs the immigration of the child to the United States (see http://travel.state.gov/family/adoption/country/country_371.html).
One of the most important principles of intercountry adoption is the principle of subsidiarity. This principle says that the intercountry adoption may be considered as an alternative means of a child's care, if the child cannot be placed in a foster or adoptive family or cannot in any suitable manner be cared for in the child's country of origin. The principle of subsidiarity can be found in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and in the Hague Adoption Convention.
list of the contracting states, designated central authorities, and
accredited bodies is available on:
The Office for International Legal Protection of Children ( www.umpod.cz ) is the only body authorized to mediate in intercountry adoption under the Hague Adoption Convention in the Czech Republic. The Office for International Legal Protection of Children not only mediates the intercountry adoptions but also provides general information and information about Czech law in the field of intercountry adoption.
Mediation in adoption consists of seeking children who are suitable and eligible for adoption and matching them to suitable and eligible adoptive parents. The office for International Legal Protection of Children cooperates with the central authorities of the states that signed and ratified the Hague Adoption Convention in the field of mediation in intercountry adoptions.
Mediation in intercountry adoption for persons living outside the Czech Republic
Both married couples and single persons can apply for adoption in the Czech Republic. Such a couple or person with permanent residence in a contracting state of the Hague Adoption Convention has to apply for an adoption through the central authority or accredited body of the state of his permanent residence. The applicants must submit the following documents:
1. Questionnaire completed by the applicants in their native language with a certified translation into Czech (see http://www.umpod.cz/NOVDOTAJ.DOC)
2. Photographs of the applicants (not more than 6 months old)
3. Social report (Homestudy) in their native language with a certified translation into Czech
4. Criminal record check (not more than 3 months old) in their native language with certified translation into Czech
5. Confirmation of applicants´s employer with regard to income in native language with certified translation into Czech
6. Medical checkup in native language with certified translation into Czech
7. Copy of the marriage certificate in native language certified with an Apostille and with certified translation into Czech
8. Copy of birth certificates in native language certified with an Apostille and with certified translation into Czech
9. Copy of passports
Czech law requires a suitable/adequate age difference between the child and the adoptive parents. The suitable/adequate age difference shall be the same as in the case of biological parenthood.
When the Office for International Legal Protection of Children receives an application for intercountry adoption, it decides whether or not the application will be filed in the register of applications for an adoption. The applicants then receive the relevant decision of the Office for International Legal Protection of Children.
The office for International Legal Protection of Children entrusts the child in the pre-adoption care of the prospective parents and issues the decision about the conformity with intercountry adoption.
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Last update: June, 2006