As of September 15th, ten U.S. adoptive service providers have successfully completed the NGO registration process. DOS understands that the October 18th deadline, previously announced by the Ministry of Justice, still stands. Re-accreditation by the Ministry of Education is a separate process that must follow successful registration as an NGO, and thus many agencies may find themselves “up against the clock” if they fail to register as an NGO before their current Ministry of Education accreditations expire. If your agency becomes re-accredited or receives NGO registration, please contact Joint Council at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also fax a copy of your documents to Joint Council for our records.
Tom DiFilipo is traveling on a delegation to Russia this week as part of the Joint Council International Relations Initiative. A copy of the report from the trip can also be found here.