What does it mean to be Hague Accredited?
As a status, Hague Accreditation or Hague Approval signifies that an agency meets the standards founded in the Convention, the Intercountry Adoption Act, and the Universal Accreditation Act. This status indicates that COA has concluded that the agency or person conducts services in substantial compliance with the standards, and that COA monitors and oversees its performance, but is not a guarantee that services in any specific adoption were or will be provided in full compliance with the standards.
As a process, accreditation involves a formal evaluation of an agency’s compliance with the standards which includes close examination of the agency’s documents and verification of compliance during a site visit at the agency’s offices.
KidsFirst International Adoption, Inc., pursuant to and in compliance with, §96.39 (a) of the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Cooperation in Respect of Inter-country Adoption (the "Convention"), provides the following disclosures (i) to the general public, upon request, and (ii) to prospective clients, upon initial contact.
The following are policies adopted by KFIA for the provision of services in "Convention" adoptions (any adoption from a country that falls under the Hague Convention):
- Complaint/Grievance Policy and Procedure
- Provision of Medical/Social Information for Referrals
- Checklist for Child's Medical Record to be Provided to Prospective Parent(s)
- Post-Adoption Services
- Disruption Policy
- Dissolution Policy
Disclosure of Supervised Providers:
KFIA, pursuant to Hague Standard 96.39 a(2), is required to disclose any domestic (in the United States) or foreign supervised providers that we use in conjunction with any Hague Convention countries that you can be expected to work with, as well as the usual costs associated with their services. KFIA works as a primary provider in Bulgaria, Poland, and the Dominican Republic. Our Foreign Supervised Providers in Bulgaria are Family National Association, Chance for Every Child, National Association of Iskra, and Association AMOR. Our Foreign Supervised Provider in Poland is Magdalena Zarzeczna- Pignan. Our Foreign Supervised Provider in the Dominican Republic is Madelaine Diaz Jimenez.
Disclosure of Eligibility Standards:
Every client must sign an Adoption Contract. Click here for our Sample Adoption Contract.
Prohibition on Child Buying:
Before beginning on an international adoption, the prospective adoptive parent(s) need(s) to understand that fees paid during an adoption are not for the purchase of a child, nor for the guarantee that an adoption will take place. Fees are for services rendered by the adoption agency, and foreign officials and entities, including but not limited to childcare, legal fees, processing fees, etc. For more information regarding the usage of fees, please see the Adoption Contract. KFIA does not and will not take part in the abduction, exploitation, sale, or trafficking of children. Click here to view KFIA's Prohibition on Child Buying Policy.
Agency Placement Information:
Pursuant to Hague Standard 96.39 (b), KFIA is required to make available upon request certain statistics on Hague Convention country adoptions. KFIA and KFAS do keep a database of information that covers the data required by Hague, and will be happy to share it upon request. The statistics we keep, and will be happy to provide upon request are:
- The number of it's adoption placements per year for the prior three calendar years, and the number and percentage of those placements that remain intact, are disrupted, or have been dissolved as of the time this information is provided.
- The number of parents who apply to adopt on a yearly basis, based on data for the prior three calendar years.
Primary providers of Hague Convention countries are also to make available the number of children eligible for adoption and awaiting an adoptive placement referral via the agency. Finding the specific number of children available for adoption is often a difficult task, as many ever-changing factors contribute to these numbers. The best source for getting a general idea of the number of children available for adoption is through the U.S. Department of State website, under their country specific adoption information. Click here for a link to the information.