Following are the different accreditation and approval decisions that can be issued. For complete information about any of these decisions, please reference COA's Hague Accreditation and Approval Policies and Procedures Manual.
Accreditation or Approval
The Commission awards accreditation or approval or renews accreditation or approval for a period of four years, effective on the date of the decision.
COA’s PCR Committee can expedite an adoption service provider’s accreditation, approval, or renewal decision without presenting an adoption service provider to the Accreditation Commission for review when the adoption service provider:
- meets all of the requirements of the Substantial Compliance System following a site visit; and
- there is no cause for concern about compliance and continuing performance with the Hague standards.
When the Accreditation Commission has reviewed the adoption service provider’s PCR report and response and has questions about an adoption service provider’s compliance and continuing compliance with the standards, it has the discretion to defer reaching an accreditation or approval decision and to request further information.
If the Commission only requires minimal documentation, it has the discretion to place the adoption service provider on pending status, and to request this documentation.
Denial or Refusal to Renew
The Accreditation Commission will deny accreditation or approval to an adoption service provider who is not currently accredited or approved or will refuse to renew accreditation or approval based on criteria defined in the Substantial Compliance System and that are outlined in the Hague Accreditation and Approval Policies and Procedures Manual. An adoption service provider may request a review of a denial decision.
NOTE: An adoption service provider may voluntarily withdraw from the accreditation or approval process at any time prior to the Commission’s decision to award or deny accreditation or approval. If the ASP applies again after withdrawing in anticipation of a denial, or after an adverse action, COA will take the reasons underlying such actions into account when evaluating the ASP.
Ulysses Arteaga, L.C.S.W.
Volunteer Roles: Commissioner; EPPA; Marine Reviewer; Military Reviewer; Peer Reviewer; Team Leader
The Consuelo Foundation 2012 Peer Reviewer of the Year, Mr. Arteaga conducts two to three site visits a year, often volunteering for visits that require a Spanish speaking peer.