Standards for the Provision of Services

Above and beyond New York State and federal (USCIS) requirements, the Agency shall comply with the following standards for the provision of services:

  • those mandated by the Central Authority or other competent authority of each Convention country whose orphans the Agency shall place for adoption;
  • the accreditation and approval regulations promulgated by the U.S. Department of State pursuant to the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000;
  • the principles and guidelines embodied in international treaties and conventions including especially the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (the “Hague Convention”) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which gave rise to the Hague Convention; and
  • with respect to New York law the Agency takes all necessary and appropriate action on an ongoing basis to assure timely compliance with the regulation promulgated by the Office of Children and Family Services entitled “Standards of Practice for Adoption Services,” which sets forth detailed and exacting requirements with which NYS authorized agencies must comply in the course of furnishing services.