Universal Accreditation Act Takes Effect

Effective today, the Universal Accreditation Act of 2012 extends important safeguards provided by accreditation to orphans who are being adopted from countries that are not party to the Hague Adoption Convention and to their (prospective) adoptive parents and birth parents.

The Intercountry Adoption Universal Accreditation Act (UAA) was signed on January 14, 2013.  This new law takes full effect today, July 14, 2014, making accreditation required in order for an international adoption service provider to continue operation.

Why the Universal Accreditation Act?

Historically, international adoption has been regulated by each state.  The UAA aims to create uniformity by imposing federal standards.  Under the UAA all adoption service providers will be held to the same federal standards.  This is done in an effort to protect and aid all parties involved in an international adoption.

Are you an Adoption Service Provider?

Click here to learn more about the impact of UAA.

Are you a Hague Accredited/Approved Adoption Service Provider?

Click here for an update from COA on the implementation of UAA.


Private Organization Accreditation

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Brewer-Porch Children's Center

James W. Thompson, Executive Director

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