Alert: International Assistance Group Accreditation Canceled

On January 15, 2015, the Council on Accreditation (COA) canceled the accreditation of International Assistance Group of Oakmont, PA. COA is the Department of State’s designated accrediting entity for adoption service providers under the Hague Adoption Convention (Convention), the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 and the Intercountry Universal Accreditation Act (UAA).  The cancellation is due to COA’s finding that International Assistance Group failed to maintain substantial compliance with the accreditation standards at 22 Code of Federal Regulations Part 96 Subpart F. For more information regarding this cancellation please refer to information on substantiated complaints and adverse actions on the Council on Accreditation’s website. 

As a result of this cancellation, International Assistance Group must cease to provide all adoption services in connection with intercountry adoption cases.  Please note that this cancellation affects International Assistance Group’s ability to provide adoption services in both Convention cases and non-Convention cases subject to the UAA. International Assistance Group has provided adoption services for adoptions in Ukraine and Russia. Persons with an open case with International Assistance Group should contact the adoption service provider directly to find out how the suspension will affect their adoption services. 

The cancellation is effective on January 15, 2015, and is permanent.