Serving Families From the Conception of the Adoption Plan Through Child’s Independence

The Council on Accreditation (COA), a national accrediting entity designated by the US Department of State to provide Hague Accreditation and Approval, invites the public to provide comment on intercountry adoption service providers seeking Hague Accreditation, Approval or Renewal. You are invited to provide comments through COA’s website at:

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Families Through Adoption looks forward to assisting families at whatever stage they are in–from the home study process, to support while waiting for their child, to transitioning into the home, to the maturational process from infancy to child independence. We recognize the need for support, education and the need for families to celebrate their uniqueness and to build a legacy. 

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FTA is Seeking Hague Accreditation

Families Through Adoption is proud to announce that we are seeking to become a full Hague Accreditation program through the Council on Accreditation (COA). This accreditation will signify that we meet an international standard of practice based upon a treaty, the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Cooperation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption. It allows us to further our mission of placing children in their forever families.The Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-Operation in Respect of Inter-country Adoption, known as “the Hague Convention” is an international agreement between countries that is designed to protect children adopted across national boundaries. It establishes protection for children, birth parents and adoptive parents while it also endorses the concept of international adoption as a means for homeless children to receive permanent, loving families.The Hague Convention has two fundamental goals:
  • Having the best interests of children considered with each intercountry adoption
  • Preventing the abduction, exploitation, sale, or trafficking of children.

To view The Hague Convention in its entirety, visit the Hague Convention website.   The Intercountry Adoption Act On October 6, 2000 President Bill Clinton signed into law the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000, the US implementation of the Hague Convention on International Adoption. To view the IAA in its entirety, please click here. Summary of the Provisions of the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 (IAA) The State Department oversees the process of accreditation and approval of US adoption service providers, and has designated a non-federal qualified accrediting entity, the Council on Accreditation, to perform the actual Convention accreditation/approval functions pursuant to Hague standards and procedures. The State Department and Department of Homeland Security have also established a case registry for all incoming and outgoing adoptions covered by the Hague Convention as well as non-Convention intercountry adoptions. As a Hague Accredited Agency, Families Through Adoption will be required to provide certain specific information to clients upon initial contact. In order to maintain compliance with the Intercountry Adoption Act and Hague Regulations we are providing all prospective clients the following information: Hague and State Licensing Required Disclosures

    • Number of Placements each year and % of placements that remain intact
    • Number of Parent who adopt on a yearly basis
    • Number of Children eligible for adoption and awaiting an adoptive placement through FTA