Adoption Advocates Inc.'s Hague Accreditation suspended

January 9, 2014

On January 9, 2014, the Council on Accreditation (COA), the Department of State’s designated Accrediting Entity for adoption service providers under the Hague Adoption Convention (Convention) and Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000, suspended the accreditation of Adoption Advocates Inc. to provide adoption services in outgoing Convention adoption cases for failing to maintain substantial compliance with the accreditation standards at 22 Code of Federal Regulations Part 96 Subpart F.

As a result of this suspension, Adoption Advocates Inc. must cease to provide all adoption services in connection with cases covered under the Convention. This adoption service provider has provided services to adoptive parents in Ireland, Canada, and the Netherlands. Please note that this suspension will not affect Adoption Advocates Inc.’s ability to work in non-Convention countries.  Persons with an open case with Adoption Advocates, Inc. may contact the adoption service provider directly to find out how the suspension may affect their adoption services.

The suspension will begin on January 9, 2014and will last for at least 60 days. In order for the suspension to be lifted at the end of the 60 days, Adoption Advocates Inc. must complete corrective action required by the accrediting entity. Updated information will be provided on the adoption.state.gov website.