The Universal Accreditation Act of 2012
The Intercountry Adoption Universal Accreditation Act of 2012 (UAA) goes into effect on July 14, 2014. As of that date, all agencies or persons that provide adoption services in support of the two forms listed below must be accredited or approved, or be a supervised or exempted provider, in compliance with the Intercountry Adoption Act and accreditation regulations.
The affected forms are:
The UAA requires that adoption service providers (ASPs) handling non-Hague Convention adoption cases that fall under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) section 101(b)(1)(F) follow the same accreditation or approval process required of ASPs that handle Hague Convention cases under INA section 101(b)(1)(G).
The UAA assures families pursuing an intercountry adoption that regardless of the country from which they intend to adopt, the ASP they choose will need to comply with the same ethical standards of practice and conduct.
When to Use an Accredited ASP
The UAA allows for transition cases (grandfathering) in certain situations. ASPs that provide adoption services in these grandfathered cases do not need to be accredited.
However, ASPs must be accredited for any adoption services they provide on or after July 14, 2014, even if prospective adoptive parents filed Forms I-600A or I-600 before that date, and accreditation was not required for ASPs at the time of filing.
The following tables explain when you will be required to use an accredited ASP.
Last Reviewed/Updated: 03/29/2013