The U.S. Department of State has proposed new rules regulating intercountry adoption, which, if implemented, could drastically impact hopeful parents’ ability to adopt children abroad.
These new regulations would:
- create a two-tier accreditation system that would allow the Department of State to determine which countries would be subject to “Country-Specific Accreditation” and decrease agencies’ access to in-country programs.
- allow the Department of State to set the compensation for in-country representatives and determine what is “reasonable.”
- require adoptive families to go through state foster family training, even when such training would not prepare them for the specific child they wish to adopt.
You can read the full proposed rule at the Federal Register.
A petition requesting that the proposed rules be withdrawn has already gained nearly 13,000 supporters. Help save international adoptions by signing the petition at www.SaveAdoptions.org.