Assignment of Ratings
Evaluators determine an adoption service provider’s degree of compliance by rating all sub-section standards using their professional judgment and expertise. Ratings are based on:

  • self-study documentation;
  • public comment information;
  • materials provided on site; and
  • interviews and information provided by staff, clients, and other key stakeholders.

A written explanation of the rating is provided if the evaluators decide to assign a rating of:

  • partial compliance (3) or non-compliance (4) to a critical or foundational standard; or
  • a rating of substantial compliance (2), partial compliance (3) or non-compliance (4) for a mandatory standard.

The adoption service provider will have an opportunity to respond to all ratings of partial compliance or non-compliance following the site visit. The accrediting entity will take these responses into account before assigning a final rating.

Achieving Accreditation or Approval
An adoption service provider’s overall compliance must demonstrate "substantial compliance" by receiving a rating of full or substantial compliance on 85% of applicable standards.

In order to be accredited, temporarily accredited, or approved, the adoption service provider must:

  • receive ratings of full compliance on 100% of all applicable Mandatory Standards;
  • receive ratings of full or substantial compliance on 100% of all applicable Critical Standards;
  • receive no rating of non-compliance on any Foundational Standard; and
  • receive ratings of full or substantial compliance on enough Foundational Standards so that ratings of full or substantial compliance have been received on 85% of all applicable Mandatory, Critical and Foundational Standards taken together.