Travel.State.Gov > Intercountry Adoption News and Notices > Temporary Suspension of Saint Mary International Adoption (SMIA)
On November 19, 2015, the Council on Accreditation temporarily suspended the accreditation of Saint Mary International Adoption (SMIA) for failing to maintain substantial compliance with the Hague accreditation standards. This agency operates in Poland and Bulgaria. During this suspension, Saint Mary International Adoption must cease to provide all adoption services in connection with cases covered under the Hague Convention, except as it relates to any required corrective action. Additionally, SMIA must cease to provide adoption services in all Non-Convention cases, except as it relates to any required corrective action or cases subject to the grandfathering provisions of the Universal Accreditation Act. If you have an open case with this agency, please contact the adoption service provider directly to find out how this will affect your case. SMIA is not required to transfer its cases to another provider, but COA reserves the right to require a transfer of any or all of SMIA’s cases at any time while it remains under suspension.
The suspension of Saint Mary International Adoption (SMIA) shall remain in force for a period of not less than two weeks (10 business days) from the effective date of the adverse action or until such later date as the corrective action below has been implemented to the satisfaction of COA in its sole discretion. Please see COA’s public records. Updated information will be provided on the adoption.state.gov website.