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June 2007Vol. 8, No. 5Deadline Set for Hague Accreditation for Adoption Agencies

The U.S. Department of State has set February 15, 2008, as the deadline for initial accreditation or approval for adoption agencies that wish to be accredited or approved when the Hague Convention enters into force in the United States. At that time, agencies will need to be accredited or approved in order to provide adoption services in Convention cases.

The Department previously announced November 17, 2006, as a transitional application deadline for accreditation or approval. All agencies that applied by the transitional deadline must now complete the process by February 15, 2008, including the correction of any identified deficiencies.

The United States plans to submit its instrument of ratification in late 2007, and the Convention will enter into force approximately 3 months later. The Department will publish the date in the Federal Register and on its website.

More information is available on the State Department website at: [Editor's note: This link is no longer available.]