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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:
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)
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).
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)).
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