Congress Passes Universal Accreditation

All Adoption Service Providers Required to be Hague Accredited

For the past 5 years Joint Council has championed the concept of universal accreditation and have implemented a policy to that end for 2013 Joint Council Partners.   We are therefore pleased to report that on Tuesday, January 1st, the House voted on and passed the Intercountry Adoption Universal Accreditation Act of 2012 (read full text).   The bill now awaits the President’s signature to become law.

Universal Accreditation takes effect in 18 months and requires all adoption service providers, regardless of the countries in which they work, to be Hague accredited and thereby provide the highest level of service to children and families.  Joint Council initiated a Hague accreditation policy in 2011 and as of January 1, 2013, requires all Joint Council Partners providing international adoption placement services to be Hague accredited.

Passage of Universal Accreditation eliminates the discrepancy between those adoption service providers working in Hague vs. non-Hague partner countries.  Prior to enactment of this law, adoption service providers working in only non-Hague partner countries were not required to maintain the high standards and practices required by Hague accreditation.

We extend our appreciation and thanks to those Members of Congress who championed this legislation and the increased protections it provides to children and families.



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