Surfacing Momentarily with an Important PSA

Because January 31 is approaching fast, please help Jenna and the Council of Accreditation spread the word. There's good news and bad news.

The good news: On July 12, 2006 the U.S. Department of State named the Council on Accreditation as the only national accreditor for Hague Convention Accreditation and Approval. Through January 31, 2007, COA is seeking public comment regarding agencies seeking accreditation. A list of adoption service providers seeking accreditation can be found here. If you have had an experience with an unethical agency - or an ethical one - share your comments here.

The bad news: The COA is seeking accreditation reviewers as well - primarily from the adoption agency sector. I think a blitz of applications from adoptees and first parents is in order - living adoption for a lifetime, perhaps having been victimized by one of the agencies that attempts to gain accreditation, should qualify anyone for this role.

For more information about the Hague Convention, visit the following sites:

Hague Conference on Private International Law
U. S. Department of State

Adding Hague Information to the Activism Page for future reference.


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