Hague Accreditation and Approval

Hague Accreditation and Approval is for adoption service providers seeking accreditation or approval required by the Hague Convention (1993), the Intercountry Adoption Act (2000), and the Universal Accreditation Act (2013). The U.S. Department of State (the Department) designated COA as a national accreditor to carry out the accreditation and approval of U.S. adoption service providers. COA will conclude its role as an authorized accreditor for the Department of State in late 2018.

The Department of State issued Hague Regulations that govern the accreditation and approval process and establish the accreditation and approval standards for agencies and persons; requirements applicable to accrediting entities; and a framework for the oversight of accrediting entities, agencies, and persons.

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Hague Standards

The Hague Accreditation and Approval Standards were developed by the Department of State and are organized by the following categories:

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Fee Information

The cost of Hague Accreditation/Approval varies based on the size of the program, the number of adoptions the agency/person expects to process, and geographic location. Fees associated with a four-year accreditation cycle include an application fee, accreditation/approval fee, site visit costs, and monitoring and oversight fees.

Read the Fee Information for Hague Accreditation and Approval.

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Further Reading

U.S. Department of State Website

To learn more about the Hague Convention, important laws governing intercountry adoptions, and the role of accrediting entities in carrying out the accreditation and approval process, visit the State Department’s website.

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WHO IS ACCREDITED?

Private Organization Accreditation

Children's Home Society of Florida delivers a unique spectrum of social services designed to protect children at risk of abuse, neglect or abandonment; to strengthen and stabilize families; to help young people break the cycle of abuse and neglect; and to find safe, loving homes for children.
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ORGANIZATION TESTIMONIAL

Family Services of the North Shore

Kathleen Whyte, Manager of Human Resources / Accreditation Coordinator

Family Services of the North Shore is about to enter our third accreditation cycle with COA. Accreditation has provided us with a framework that enables us to demonstrate accountability to our clients, our funders and our donors. There is no question that the accreditation process and COA have benefited our agency.
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