The Universal Accreditation Act applies the Hague Accreditation and Approval requirements to all agencies and persons providing “adoptions services” in cases where a child immigrates to or emigrates from the United States for purposes of adoption.
It extends the standards set by the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption holding all adoption service providers to the same federal standards for both convention as well as non-convention adoptions.
If you are working with Adoption STAR as your home study provider, we can still provide your home study service. However, you will need to discuss with your Primary or Placement agency whether or not they plan to become an Accredited Adoption Service Provider. Prior to July 14, 2014 your Primary Provider must have obtained Hague Accreditation.
Yes. The UAA requires that all agencies providing adoption services in intercountry adoption cases involving orphan children and/or Convention adoptees must be accredited or approved, or be a supervised or exempted provider.
Yes, if your I600A is approved or pending prior to July 13, 2014 you may be able to continue your adoption with grandfathered status, meaning the UAA/Hague Adoption standards would not apply to your adoption. However, if you were to need an update to your home study because it expired, or your I600A lapsed, then your adoption would fall under the new standards.
If your home study was signed & dated as final prior to July 14, 2014 you should not be required to get a new home study. However, if you require a home study update after July 14, 2014 then your home study would fall under the Hague convention standards.