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

Southeastern Regional Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services is a Local Management Entity, covering the geographic areas of Bladen, Columbus, Robeson, and Scotland counties. SER ensures continuity of care to consumers through access to a quality of care system available 24/7/365 days a year through management of our network provider services.
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VOLUNTEER TESTIMONIAL

Jane Bonk, Ph.D., LCSW

Volunteer Roles: Commissioner; Evaluator; Lead Evaluator; Peer Reviewer; Team Leader

Dr. Jane Bonk is a team leader, evaluator, and commissioner who has led over 25 site visits for COA.
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