On December 18, 2014, Open Seas Adoption Services, Inc., was notified in writing that it had been granted Hague Accreditation by the Council on Accreditation (the “COA”), acting for the U.S. Department of State.
The COA is an accrediting entity and a United States Department of State delegatee. On behalf of the State Department, COA alone grants U.S. adoption agencies and certain persons authority to place orphans for adoption who reside in countries (other than the United States) that are signatories to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (the “Hague Convention”). Such authority is referred to as “Hague Accreditation.”
Before an agency or person is granted Hague Accreditation, it must demonstrate to the COA’s satisfaction substantial compliance with the accreditation regulations promulgated by the U.S. Department of State pursuant to the Hague Convention and the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 (the “IAA”), the U.S. implementing legislation which, together with the regulations, brought the Hague Convention into force and effect in the United States on April 1, 2008. To learn more about the Council on Accreditation and the Hague Accreditation process, please visit the COA’s Web site at www.coanet.org.
We at Open Seas are so proud of the achievement of Hague Accreditation through December 18, 2018, because it is an acknowledgment that all aspects of our Agency’s operation – our policies, procedures and personnel – meet the U.S. Department of State’s exacting standards and fully qualify us to carry out our mission.