This section provides an overview of the intercountry adoption process. The process varies greatly, as it is governed by the laws of the countries where the adoptive parents and the child reside (which in the case of the United States means both federal and state law), and also in which of these locations the legal adoption is finalized. Additionally, if the child’s home country is a party to the Hague Adoption Convention, the Hague processes of both countries must be followed. Prospective adoptive parents should consider all of these factors when evaluating what to expect.


The adoption authority for Slovenia, the Ministry of Labor, Family and Social Affairs, has advised the U.S. Embassy that Slovene law only permits international adoption if no Slovene adoptive parents can be found.  The number of Slovene adoptive parents waiting to adopt is very long as there are few children eligible for adoption.

For individuals and families considering international adoption outside Slovenia, we recommend checking out the State Department’s adoption website.