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Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
February 15, 2006


Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption: Accreditation/Approval Regulations Published in the Federal Register

The Department of State is pleased to announce the publication in the Federal Register today of the final rules on "Accreditation of Agencies and Approval of Persons Under the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 (IAA)" (22 CFR Part 96) and "Intercountry Adoption – Preservation of Convention Records" (22 CFR Part 98). Part 96 establishes requirements and procedures for the designation and monitoring of accrediting entities, sets standards that non-profit adoption agencies must be in substantial compliance with to qualify for Convention accreditation and other agencies and individuals must be substantial compliance with to qualify for Convention approval, and governs the registration of non-profit agencies for temporary accreditation. Part 98 regulates the preservation of Convention records by the federal government.

The final rules were prepared after an extensive review of the public comments submitted in response to draft regulations published in the Federal Register on September 15, 2003. That process is described in the supplementary information published in conjunction with Parts 96 and 98. The texts of the final rules published in the Federal Register, Vol. 71, No. 31 may be found at http://www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/search.html by using the search term "intercountry adoption."

Publication of the rule on accreditation and approval (Part 96) is an important milestone toward ratification of the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption by the United States. The United States must have accredited and approved providers available to provide services in Convention cases before depositing its instrument of ratification and bringing the Convention into force for the United States. With the publication of the rule, the Department now may complete its discussions with potential accrediting entities and sign agreements designating qualified public and nonprofit entities to accredit or approve those agencies and persons seeking to provide adoption services in Convention cases.

Questions about specific provisions of the rules may be addressed by email to AdoptionUSCA@state.gov or by regular mail to Department of State, Office of Children's Issues, CA/OCS/CI, 2201 C Street, N.W., SA-29, Washington, D.C. 20520-2818. Additionally, the Department plans to hold a public information meeting in the near future to discuss the major provisions of the rule and answer questions about its implementation. More information, including the date and venue of the meeting, will be available shortly on the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs website at www.travel.state.gov on the Children and Family page.

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