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The Intercountry Adoption Accreditation and Maintenance Entity (IAAME) reports that on January 31, 2020, the International Adoption Service, Inc.’s (IAS) accreditation to provide intercountry adoption services expired while on suspension. Pursuant to 22 CFR Part 63 and Part 75-76, IAAME refused to renew IAS’s accreditation because IAS failed to maintain compliance with the Standards in accordance with 22 CFR Part 96.
Agencies or persons that are not accredited or approved may not act as a primary provider but may perform services for intercountry adoption under the supervision of an accredited or approved adoption service provider in accordance with the regulations. When an agency or person’s accreditation or approval expires or is relinquished, the agency or person is responsible for executing their plan for transferring cases and records as required by 22 CFR 96.33(e) and 96.42(d).
Families working with IAS should contact them directly with questions about case or record transfer. We also encourage families to review the information published by IAAME 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. The Department does, however, communicate with competent adoption authorities about the accreditation status of agencies and persons and case transfer plans, as needed.
Affected families may wish to review information about Case Transfer Responsibilities on the Department of State’s website and information about If Your Agency is No Longer Accredited/Approved on the USCIS website.
We also encourage families with outstanding post-adoption reports to contact IAS for guidance on how to proceed. Information about post-adoption reporting requirements is available on the country-specific information pages on the Department of State’s website. Requirements vary by country with respect to frequency of submission, information to be included, and methods of submission.