March 5, 2020. British Report Reveals Lack of Follow-Up By Social Services of Abused Children. A shocking British report discloses that half of the children who died or were seriously injured in Britain were already known to social services. Despite each of these children identified as "vulnerable, "they were not afforded sufficient protection. As the report states, "People with a history of child abuse, some of whom had been convicted, were not tracked sufficiently well, nor were new relationships explored properly, to establish whether they were in a relationship and/or living with children." To read more, please click here.
March 4, 2020. A Helpful Resource on Adoption Agency Accreditation. The National Council on Adoption (NCFA) has published in its latest issue of the Adoption Advocate a very informative article on the process of adoption agency accreditation. The author, Jayne Schmidt, was formerly the Director of Hague Accreditation for the Council on Accreditation. To access her article, please click here.
March 3, 2020. Accreditation of Joshua Tree Adoptions Cancelled. The Department of State has announced that the Intercountry Adoption Accreditation and Maintenance Entity (IAAME) has cancelled the accreditation of Joshua Tree Adoptions for failing to maintain substantial compliance with accreditation standards. Any family that has an in- process adoption with Joshua Tree should consult the linked notice as to how they should proceed. Any families that have outstanding post-placement reports should consult Joshua Tree or the DOS website. More Information.
March 2, 2020. Department of State Announces Outgoing Cases' Paperwork Delay. On February 27 the Department of State informed us that the Office of Children's Issues "is currently experiencing technical issues that have caused and continue to cause delays in the issuance of Hague Adoption Certificate (HAC) and Hague Custody Declarations (HCD). Currently, our IT personnel are working to resolve the issue." This delay will be of interest to adoption service providers, public domestic authorities and adoptive parents.
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