Universal Accreditation Act Goes into Effect on July 14, 2014
On January 14, 2013, President Barack Obama signed the Intercountry Adoption Universal Accreditation Act of 2012 (UAA). This new law will go into effect on July 14, 2014.
The law brings changes to intercountry adoption law and practice. Specifically, the UAA extends the safeguards provided by accreditation under the Department of State accreditation regulations for Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention) adoptions to non-Hague Adoption Convention (orphan) adoptions. Effective July 14, 2014, agencies or persons providing adoption services in orphan adoptions must be accredited or approved, or be a supervised or exempted provider, in accordance with the UAA and the Department of State accreditation regulations for cases governed by the Hague Adoption Convention.
Changes to Intercountry Adoption Law and Practice
The UAA changes intercountry adoption law and practice. These changes include:
Changes to Form I-600A and Form I-600
The implementation of the UAA affects the adjudication of:
New versions of Form I-600A and Form I-600 will not be available until after July 14, 2014, the date the UAA goes into effect. Applicants and petitioners should continue to use the most current edition of both forms. Additional information regarding the availability of the new Form I-600A and Form I-600 will be provided as soon as it is available.
We are currently accepting public comments on our UAA interim guidance and would appreciate your feedback by August 13, 2014.
For additional information, please visit our Universal Accreditation Act page.
Last Reviewed/Updated: 07/07/2014