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Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois Accreditation Relinquishment

Last Updated: May 1, 2018

The Intercountry Adoption Accreditation and Maintenance Entity (IAAME) reports that Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois voluntarily relinquished their accreditation.

Agencies 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 Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois should contact the agency directly with questions about a case or record transfer. We also encourage families to review 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. The Department does, however, communicate with competent adoption authorities about the accreditation status of agencies and persons and case transfer plans, as needed.


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