Hague Accreditation and Approval

 Since 2006 COA has served as a national accrediting entity authorized by the U.S. Department of State to provide Hague Accreditation and Approval and in late 2018 COA will conclude its role as an authorized accrediting entity.

COA 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.  

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Who is Accredited/Approved?

The following Who is Accredited List displays all Hague Accredited agencies and Approved persons as of April 1, 2018.  This list will be updated periodically as needed with information COA receives from IAAME. For more detailed information on how to find an adoption service provider review our Guide to Finding an Adoption Service Provider.

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Further Reading

The Hague Accreditation and Approval Process

Learn about the Hague Accreditation and Approval process.

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.

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WHO IS ACCREDITED?

Private Organization Accreditation

Debt Education and Certification Foundation (DECAF), a private non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, provides high-quality financial education and counseling, with nationwide outreach throughout the U.S. DECAF is HUD-approved, and recognized as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in Texas.
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ORGANIZATION TESTIMONIAL

Joint Base Charleston School Age Program

Paula B. Matthews, School Age Program Coordinator

Preparing for our after school accreditation was an awesome and very valuable learning experience for the Child and Youth Professionals at Charleston Air Force Base. Becoming familiar with and understanding the After School standards was a breeze because of the training webinars and the great customer service we received from all of the COA staff. Thank you for supporting our military families.
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