WHO IS ACCREDITED?

Private Organization Accreditation

Catholic Charities alleviates human suffering and improves the quality of life of 100,000 people annually, regardless of religious background. A staff of 600 provides support and services related to housing, food, mental health, children's services, addiction treatment, and domestic violence services.
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VOLUNTEER TESTIMONIAL

Judy Kay, LCSW

Volunteer Roles: Peer Reviewer; Team Leader

In administration for 22 of 24 years at Child Saving Institute, a COA-accredited not-for-profit child welfare agency in Omaha, Nebraska. Retired approximately two years ago, I moved to Tucson, Arizona, where I advocate for children's rights as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer to three young children.
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Hague Accreditation / Approval Standards

The Hague Accreditation and Approval Standards were created by the Department of State  and are based on the provisions of the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption (Convention), the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000, and the Universal Accreditation Act of 2013. The Standards are contained in the Federal Regulations that govern the Accreditation and Approval of Adoption Service Providers (22 CRF Part 96).

The Hague Standards are organized in a three-tier structure: chapter, section, and sub-section (standard).  Following is an example of how the Hague Standards are structured: 

Chapters

The chapters reflect the titles of the general categories of management and service delivery that are included in the Hague standards.  COA utilizes the following acronyms for each chapter of the Hague Standards:

  • LCG: Licensing and Corporate Governance
  • FRM: Financial and Risk Management
  • EPR: Ethical Practices and Responsibilities
  • PQT: Professional Qualifications and Training for Employees
  • IFQ: Information Disclosure, Fee Practices, and Quality Control Policies and Practices 
  • CRR: Responding to Complaints and Records and Reports Management
  • SPD: Service Planning and Delivery
  • IC: Standards for Cases in Which a Child is Immigrating to the United States (Incoming Cases)
  • OC: Standards for Cases in Which a Child is Emigrating from the United States (Outgoing Cases)

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Sections

Each chapter includes multiple sections that represent an overall theme for an aspect of the agency’s management or service delivery. For Example, State Licensing is a section of the standards within the Licensing and Corporate Governance Chapter.  Each section is designated with a number referenced in the Regulations (e.g. LCG 96.30 corresponds with 22 CFR Part 96.30).

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Sub-sections (Standards)

The sub-section is commonly referred to as the “standard” and is the only level of the standards for which the adoption service provider is evaluated and required to demonstrate compliance. The standard is designated with  a number and letter  referenced in the regulations (e.g., LCG 96.30 (a) corresponds with 22 CFR Part 96.30 (a)).

View more detailed information about the Hague Accreditation and Approval process.

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Request an Information Kit

Interested in applying for Hague Accreditation or Approval? Request an information kit.

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