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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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

Germaine Lawrence is a residential treatment center for girls ages 12-18 with complex behavioral, psychological and learning challenges.   Girls live at our programs while receiving special education, individual, family and group therapy; psychiatric and primary medical care; and a wide variety of therapeutic activities and interventions.
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VOLUNTEER TESTIMONIAL

Barry Gourley

Volunteer Roles: Endorser; Peer Reviewer

It is an honor to be a COA volunteer. I’ve had a great opportunity to work with fabulous COA volunteers, I’ve grown professionally in the COA accreditation process and I’ve met some wonderful people across this nation who are working hard to help and support children and families.
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