Hague Accreditation and Approval
We are honored to work with the U.S. Department of State to make certain that adoption service providers have put in place safeguards to ensure intercountry adoptions take place ethically, in the best interests of children. Since 2006 COA has served as the only national accrediting entity authorized by the U.S. Department of State to provide Hague Accreditation and Approval. Currently COA accredits around 200 adoption service providers.
COA has established a rigorous accreditation and approval process and mechanisms to monitor and oversee the performance of Hague Accredited agencies and Hague Approved persons.
What is Hague Accreditation and Hague Approval?
As a status, Hague Accreditation or Hague Approval signifies that an agency meets the standards founded in the Convention, the Intercountry Adoption Act, and the Universal Accreditation Act. This status indicates that COA has concluded that the agency or person conducts services in substantial compliance with the standards, and that COA monitors and oversees its performance, but is not a guarantee that services in any specific adoption were or will be provided in full compliance with the standards.
As a process, accreditation involves a formal evaluation of an agency’s compliance with the standards which includes close examination of the agency’s documents and verification of compliance during a site visit at the agency’s offices.
Who is Accredited/Approved?
Search our Who is Accredited List to find Hague Accredited agencies and Approved persons. You can also find providers working in a particular state or country and providers working on incoming or outgoing adoptions. For more detailed information on how to find an adoption service provider review our Guide to Finding an Adoption Service Provider.
The Hague Accreditation and Approval Process
Learn about the Hague Accreditation and Approval process including information on how to apply for Hague Accreditation/Approval.
Monitoring and Oversight
Learn about the Monitoring and Oversight of Hague Accredited Agencies and Approved Persons and Access COA’s report of Substantiated Complaints and Adverse Actions.
The Hague Convention
For more in-depth information regarding the Hague Convention and US laws and regulations governing Hague Accreditation, visit the Department of State’s website.
Private Organization Accreditation
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Catholic Charities, Diocese of Covington
Wm. R. (Bill) Jones, ACSW, MDiv, Chief Executive Officer
Catholic Charities in Covington has been COA accredited since 1996. Though the time spent in completing the self study and hosting the site visit can sometimes feel sometimes daunting, the rewards far outweigh the effort. In our agency, the self-study is a group process that involves every member of the staff from the CEO to the building maintenance staff.