Adoption Notice: Expiration of Accreditation for Adoption S.T.A.R., AAA Full Circle Adoptions & Family Building Center, Inc., Buckner Adoption & Maternity Services, and Grace International Adoption Agency

Last Updated: April 2, 2018


The Council on Accreditation reports that Hague accreditation expired for the following entities on dates listed:

  • Adoption S.T.A.R. – March 4, 2018
  • AAA Full Circle Adoptions & Family Building Center, Inc. – March 31, 2018
  • Buckner Adoption & Maternity Services – March 31, 2018
  • Buckner Adoption & Maternity Services – March 31, 2018

None of these adoption service providers re-applied for accreditation.

Agencies that are not accredited or approved may not act as a primary provider. They may, however, perform services for intercountry adoption under the supervision of an accredited or approved adoption service provider, but must meet the requirements of 22 CFR 96.35(a). When an agency’s or person’s accreditation or approval expires, they are responsible for transferring cases and records as required by 22 CFR 96.33(e) and 96.42(d).

Families working with any of the agencies listed above should contact that agency directly with questions about case or record transfer. We also encourage families to review the information published by the Council on Accreditation about selecting a primary provider/adoption service provider and the accreditation/approval requirements. 

The Department of State does not review or approve case transfer plans and has a limited role in their execution. We do, however, communicate with foreign Central Authorities and competent adoption authorities about the accreditation status of agencies and persons and case transfer plans, as needed.