Obama signs adoption accreditation law

In the recent News From NACAC newsletter, there’s an article about how Pres. Obama signed a law in January updating and regulating intercountry adoption.
Highlights that caught my eye:

  • The Intercountry Adoption Act (IAA) and the regulations implementing the Hague Adoption Convention protect against illicit activities and practices of the past that threatened the best interests of children.  Key protections include:
    • Children may not be obtained for adoption through sale, exploitation, abduction, and trafficking;
    • Parents receive training in advance of the adoption to understand what to expect when raising an adopted child and prepare them for some of the challenges;
    • The agency or person must ensure that intercountry adoptions take place in best interests of children;
    • Fees must be transparent for services performed both in the United States and abroad and may not result in improper gain for the service provider;
    • U.S. Department of State-appointed accrediting entities monitor and assess accredited agency compliance with federal standards;
    • Accrediting entities ensure accountability when accredited agencies do not comply with the standards by taking appropriate adverse actions against them and may suspend or cancel their accreditation;
    • Accrediting entities ensure that accredited agency personnel are qualified and appropriately trained and provide adoption services in an ethical manner;
    • Accredited agencies must respond to complaints about their services and activities and may not retaliate against clients who complain.
Q: Where can I find additional information about accreditation and approval?
Let’s get going, Orphans.

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