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IFQ 96.40: Fee policies and procedures

Fee Policies and Procedures

Table of Evidence

Self-Study Evidence On-Site Evidence On-Site Activities
  • Written schedule of expected total fees and estimated expenses and written explanation of conditions under which fees or expenses may be charged, waived, reduced, or refunded, and how fees and expenses must be paid 96.40 (a)
  • Itemized fee and estimated expense information 96.40 (b), 96.40 (c)
  • Adoption services contract 96.40 (d)
  • Policy for use of fees for special services 96.40 (e)
  • Information provided to prospective adoptive parents, as applicable 96.40 (e)
  • Description of programs supported by funds, as applicable 96.40 (e)
  • Policy for charging additional fees and expenses beyond those disclosed in adoption services contract 96.40 (g)
  • Refund policy or procedure 96.40 (h)
No On-Site Evidence
  • Interview:
    1. Clients 96.40 (a), 96.40 (b), 96.40 (d), 96.40 (e), 96.40 (g)
    2. CEO/Executive Director 96.40 (e), 96.40 (f)
    3. CFO 96.40 (f)
    4. Supervisors 96.40 (g)
    5. Employee 96.40 (g)
  • Review case records 96.40 (a), 96.40 (b), 96.40 (c), 96.40 (d), 96.40 (e), 96.40 (f), 96.40 (g), 96.40 (h)

  • C
    IFQ 96.40.a

    The agency or person provides to all applicants, prior to application, a written schedule of expected total fees and estimated expenses and an explanation of the conditions under which fees or expenses may be charged, waived, reduced, or refunded and of when and how the fees and expenses must be paid.


  • C
    IFQ 96.40.b

    Before providing any adoption service to prospective adoptive parent(s), the agency or person itemizes and discloses in writing the following information for each separate category of fees and estimated expenses that the prospective adoptive parent(s) will be charged in connection with an intercountry adoption:

    (1) Homestudy: the expected total fees and estimated expenses for home study preparation and approval, whether the home study is to be prepared directly by the agency or person itself, or prepared by a supervised provider, exempted provider, or approved person and approved as required under Section 96.47;

    (2) Adoption Expenses in the United States: the expected total fees and estimated expenses for all adoption services other than the home study that will be provided in the United States, including but is not limited to, personnel costs, administrative overhead, operational costs, training and education, communications and publications costs, and any other costs related to providing adoption services in the United States;

    (3) Foreign Country Program Expenses: the expected total fees and estimated expenses for all adoption services that will be provided in the child’s country of origin, including, but is not limited to, costs for personnel, administrative overhead, training, education, legal services, and communications, and any other costs related to providing adoption services in the child’s country of origin;

    (4) Care of the Child: the expected total fees and estimated expenses charged to prospective adoptive parent(s) for the care of the child in the country of origin prior to adoption, including, but not limited to, costs for food, clothing, shelter and medical care; foster care services; orphanage care; and any other services provided directly to the child;

    (5) Translation and Document Expenses: the expected total fees and estimated expenses for obtaining any necessary documents and for any translation of documents related to the adoption, along with information on whether the prospective adoptive parent(s) will be expected to pay such costs directly or to third parties, either in the United States or in the child’s country or origin, or through the agency or person. This category includes, but is not limited to, costs for obtaining, translating, or copying records or documents required to complete the adoption, costs for the child’s court documents, passport, adoption certificate and other documents related to the adoption, and costs for notarizations and certifications;

    (6) Contributions: any fixed contribution amount or percentage that the prospective adoptive parent(s) will be expected or required to make to child protection or child welfare service programs in the child’s country of origin or in the United States, along with an explanation of the intended use of the contribution and the manner in which the transaction will be recorded and accounted for; and

    (7) Post-placement and Post-adoption Reports: the expected total fees and estimated expenses for any post-placement or post-adoption reports that the agency or person or parent(s) must prepare in light of any requirements of the expected country of origin.


  • C
    IFQ 96.40.c

    If the following fees and estimated expenses were not disclosed as part of the categories identified in paragraph (b) of this section, the agency or person itemizes and discloses in writing any:

    (1) third Party Fees: the expected total fees and estimated expenses for services that the prospective adoptive parent(s) will be responsible to pay directly to a third party. Such third party fees include, but are not limited to, fees to competent authorities for services rendered or Central Authority processing fees; and

    (2) travel and Accommodation Expenses: the expected total fees and estimated expenses for any travel, transportation, and accommodation services arranged by the agency or person for the prospective adoptive parent(s).


  • C
    IFQ 96.40.d

    The agency or person also specifies in its adoption services contract when and how funds advanced to cover fees or expenses will be refunded if adoption services are not provided.


  • C
    IFQ 96.40.e

    When the agency or person uses part of its fees to provide special services, such as cultural programs for adoptee(s), scholarships or other services, it discloses this policy to the prospective adoptive parent(s) in advance of providing any adoption services and gives the prospective adoptive parent(s) a general description of the programs supported by such funds.


  • F
    IFQ 96.40.f

    The agency or person has mechanisms in place for transferring funds to foreign countries when the financial institutions of the foreign country so permit and for obtaining written receipts for such transfers, so that direct cash transactions by the prospective adoptive parent(s) to pay for adoption services provided in the foreign country are minimized or unnecessary.


  • C
    IFQ 96.40.g

    The agency or person does not customarily charge additional fees and expenses beyond those disclosed in the adoption services contract and has a written policy to this effect. In the event that unforeseen additional fees and expenses are incurred in the foreign country, the agency or person charges such additional fees and expenses only under the following conditions:

    (1) it discloses the fees and expenses in writing to the prospective adoptive parent(s);

    (2) it obtains the specific consent of the prospective adoptive parent(s) prior to expending any funds in excess of $1000 for which the agency or person will hold the prospective adoptive parent(s) responsible or gives the prospective adoptive parent(s) the opportunity to waive the notice and consent requirement in advance. If the prospective adoptive parent(s) has the opportunity to waive the notice and consent requirement in advance, this policy is reflected in the written policies and procedures of the agency or person; and

    (3) it provides written receipts to the prospective adoptive parent(s) for fees and expenses paid directly by the agency or person in the foreign country and retains copies of such receipts.


  • F
    IFQ 96.40.h

    The agency or person returns any funds to which the prospective adoptive parent(s) may be entitled within sixty days of the completion of the delivery of services.

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