INVITATION: COA explains how agencies can still become accredited by July 14, 2014, on two conference calls: July 23rd and 26th, 2013.

July 22, 2013

The topic of these conference calls is the Department’s July 17, 2013 announcement that if agencies meet certain application deadlines, COA plans to make a good faith effort to assist them in completing the accreditation process ahead of the July 14, 2014 deadline.
Background on universal accreditation:  On July 14, 2014, a new law goes into effect requiring all agencies and persons providing adoption services in Hague Convention and Orphan cases to be accredited, approved, supervised or exempted under the Hague accreditation regulations.  The U.S. Department of State designated the Council on Accreditation (COA) as the entity responsible for accrediting/approving adoption service providers in intercountry adoption. 
The U.S. Department of State invites all adoption service providers that have not yet applied for accreditation or approval to participate in the conference calls. 
COA’s Jayne Schmidt, Hague Accreditation Program Manager, will explain the process of applying for accreditation or approval and will take questions.
Details of the Conference Calls

Date:  Tuesday, July 23rd
Time:  11 a.m., EST                               

Date:  Friday, July 26
Time: 11 a.m., EST

Dial in information                                           
1-888-363-4749  (in USA)
1-215-446-3662  (outside USA)
Passcode:  6276702#

For more information about the UAA, see the Department of State’s notice of January 15, 2014, The Universal Accreditation Act of 2012 becomes law and our FAQs on universal accreditation