COA to Attend Upcoming Special Commission on the Practical Operation of the 1993 Hague Adoption Convention

COA’s Director of Hague Accreditation, Jayne Schmidt, will be travelling to the Hague as a representative on the US government’s delegation at the upcoming Special Commission on the Practical Operation of the 1993 Hague Adoption Convention.  The Special Commission is a multilateral forum for government officials from across the globe  convened every 5 years to exchange views on ways the Convention is working, challenges in intercountry adoption and ways to improve international cooperation.  

This year, the discussions will focus on:

  • The trends of intercountry adoption in the past 20 years
  • Achievements and challenges regarding the principle of subsidiarity (seeking domestic placements before international placements)
  • Finding ways for the intercountry adoption process to run smoothly and efficiently to eliminate delays contrary to the best interests of the child, 
  • Children with special needs
  • Post-adoption issues, including post-adoption support, disruptions and dissolutions, and searches for origins
  • Habitual residence, and specifically a discussion on adoptions that were completed as domestic adoptions but that should be covered by the Convention
  • Discussions of relative adoptions, open adoption, and kafala

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Private Organization Accreditation

Northside Psychological Services is a combination of both private practice and community mental health provider. We provide services to children and adults (EAP, private insurance, private pay, etc.) in our private practice setting. In our Community Care Program, we provide services to children and adolescents in their homes.
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Harry Hunter, MSW, MBA, Ph.D.

Volunteer Roles: Peer Reviewer; Team Leader

Peer Reviewer for the month of January 2013, Dr. Hunter has been volunteering for COA since 2005, conducting five site reviews.
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