September 8, 2020. Department of State Launching a Search for New Accrediting Entities. The State Department has announced that it will be seeking Requests for Statements of Interest from qualified candidates which seek to be designated as Accrediting Entities (AE) to work with the Department of State in accrediting agencies as adoption service providers or approved persons. As the Department explains, The Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 (IAA) and the Universal Accreditation Act of 2012 (UAA) provide for the accreditation of agencies and approval of persons who provide one or more defined adoption services in intercountry adoption cases. Under the IAA, the Department is responsible for establishing and overseeing the system for accreditation and approval. Rather than mandating the Department to directly accredit agencies and approve persons, the IAA requires the Department to select and designate one or more accrediting entities (AEs) to carry out those functions. The federal regulations governing intercountry adoption and the accreditation of agencies and approval of persons can be found at 22 CFR Part 96, with Subpart B focusing on the selection, designation, and duties of AEs. More Information.
September 3, 2020. Changes Relating to Ugandan International Adoption. The Department of State has announced that "the Family Division of the High Court will handle all inter-country adoption matters in Uganda. On August 19, 2020, the Government of Uganda's Ministry of Gender, Labour, and Social Development forwarded to the U.S. Embassy in Kampala a copy of a Ministry of Justice Circular, dated August 3, 2020 (Circular), regarding significant changes to inter-country adoption procedures recently instituted by the Principal Judge of the High Court. The Principal Judge instructed all High Court circuits to immediately cease handling inter-country adoption cases and to transfer such cases to the Family Division of the High Court. Going forward, the head of the Family Division, in consultation with the Principal Judge, will assign two judges in the Family Division to handle all inter-country adoptions." More Information.
September 2, 2020. Important Guidance Relating to India. The Department of State has informed the community that all visas issued by the Indian government to U.S. prospective adoptive parents as well as any other foreign nationals before India's proclamation of Covid-19 restrictions are now invalid. Anyone who plans to travel after India's Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted will have to reapply for a visa. DOS requests that adoption service providers provide the following information to the US Embassy in New Delhi at email@example.com: "1) the names of your prospective adoptive families who will need to re-apply for visas, and 2) the names of clients who do not have previously-issued visas but whose cases have now become ready for PAP travel. For every individual applicant on your list, please include the full name of the families matched with a child, and the child's name." More Information.
September 1, 2020. Department of State Announcement on Vietnam. The Department of State has announced that Vietnam is in the process of widening its adoption program to the United States to included non-special needs as well as special needs adoption cases: In order to align the U.S.-Vietnam Adoption Program more closely to Vietnam's Decree 24/2019/ND-CP process, the Office of Children's Issues, as the U.S. Central Authority under the Hague Adoption Convention, is participating in ongoing discussions with the Ministry of Justice, as Vietnam's Central Authority under the Hague Adoption Convention, over the terms of transition from the current Special Adoption Program to more expanded Hague adoption processing. We anticipate that future processing of adoptions under Decree 24/2019/ND-CP to the United States, after a yet to be determined date, would no longer be subject to the limited categories of the Special Adoption Program and more children will be eligible for intercountry adoption." More Information.
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