Private Organization Accreditation

Lutheran Social Services of New England is a high-performing nonprofit organization. LSS is a powerful difference maker and go-to resource, driving ourselves to constantly anticipate futures that are different from the past. For 140 years, LSS has been caring for people in need in New England.


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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EPR 96.35: Suitability of agencies and persons to provide adoption services consiste

Suitability of Agencies and Persons to Provide Adoption Services Consistent with the Convention

Table of Evidence

Self-Study Evidence On-Site Evidence On-Site Activities
  • Ethical Practice Policy 96.35 (a)
  • A narrative describing the agency/person’s approach and processes for ensuring that intercountry adoptions take place in the best interests of children 96.35 (a)
  • A narrative describing how the agency/person prevents the abduction, exploitation, sale or trafficking of children. Provide examples of actions taken by the agency 96.35 (a)
  • Executive Verification 96.35 (b), 96.35 (c)
  • Governing Body Profile 96.35 (c)
  • Employee Profile 96.35 (c)
  • Certificate(s) of good standing 96.35 (d)
  • Procedure for reporting changes in suitability information and for submitting Self Reports to COA 96.35 (e)
    Revised Executive Verification, provided to Evaluator team on-site
  • Interview:
    1. Personnel 96.35 (c)
  • Review personnel files 96.35 (c)
  • Review personnel files, as necessary 96.35 (d)
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