Urgent Update for Intercountry Adoption Universal Accreditation Act
New York, NY – With the deadline quickly approaching, Jennifer Flowers, president of Accreditation Guru, Inc. has issued a call out to all international adoption agencies that are not yet Hague accredited. The deadline she is warning us about is that on July 14th, 2014, the Intercountry Adoption Universal Accreditation Act (UAA) goes into effect and, as of that date, all agencies or persons that provide adoption services to or from any country of origin must be accredited or approved under the Hague accreditation regulations (or be a supervised or exempt provider).
What Agencies Need to do In Order to be Accredited
For this reason, you must submit your application immediately to the Council on Accreditation (COA) since the process normally takes 10 to 12 months. Jennifer goes on to inform us that there is much work to be done since “there are eight sections and twenty-three subsections of standards if you are conducting -incoming cases”. She goes on to notify that for outgoing cases, there is one additional section and three subsections. Time is a critical factor as policies and procedures compliant with the accreditation standards need to be put in place, which can be a lengthy process. Her team at Accreditation Guru is prepared to help you navigate the accreditation process itself, update your policies and procedures and/or prepare your staff and Board of Directors.. This is a time sensitive matter and you must act right away, so it is advised that you do so promptly.