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Congressman Sires Introduces Legislation to Create Universal Accreditation for Intercountry Adoptions

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Location: Washington, DC

Today, Congressman Albio Sires (D-NJ), along with Representatives Janice Hahn (D-CA) and Donald Manzullo (R-IL), introduced H.R. 6027, the Intercountry Adoption Universal Accreditation Act of 2012. This legislation would combat fraud and improve transparency by requiring accreditation for all intercountry adoption service provides.

In 2008, the United States became a full member of the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Inter-Country Adoption. Under the Convention, the United States requires that intercountry adoption service providers be accredited to increase their accountability. Currently, this requirement only applies to adoptions involving countries the have also signed and implemented the Convention.

"Under current law, adoption agencies who work with non-Convention countries do not need to meet the accreditation requirements, and this creates a double standard for the treatment of children and families," said Congressman Sires. "My legislation will strengthen U.S. adoption practices by requiring accreditation for all intercountry adoption service providers. Universal accreditation will help create an adoption process that is lawful, safe for the child, and respectful of the families involved."

The Intercountry Adoption Universal Accreditation Act of 2012 was introduced as the House companion to S. 3331, introduced by Senator John Kerry (D-MA), Richard Lugar (R-IN), James Inhofe (R-OK), and Mary Landrieu (D-LA) on June 21, 2012.

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