Update: February 27, 2018.
IAAME, backed by the Office of Children’s issues uphelpd their decision to charge adoption agencies an additional $500 per child (not per case) for overivew of each of their adoption cases.
It appears agencies will have no choice but to pass this additional cost on to the adotpive parents. The worse news, however, is that the $500 is not a “flat fee”, but it is per child. So a family adopting siblings, would have to pay multiple fees.
It is an unpleasant change, but it looks like some agencies are taking it a bit harder than perhaps they should. Yes, this is making adoption more expensive and yes agencies will have to pay a lot more money to the new Accrediting Entity as compared to before, but we remain positive, in that IAAME will provide better services in terms of being able to handle the overseigh of agencies more efficiently.
Listening to their CEO and leadign staff over the phone during conference calls, we do find things we hear that are encouraging in their attitude. So, we don’t think it is all bad. However, no adoption professional likes the cost increase.
We will keep you updated to the latest changes.
-Updated by Nick on February 27, 2018
Update: February 5, 2018.
So this post is due for an update. The initial post below from August 8, 2017 was the announcement given to us by DOS that a second Accrediting Entity would come along side COA.
However, in the months since then, it has become clear, again primarily from DOS, that COA will no longer perform its role of being an AE. Instead IAAME will asssume the sole role of accrediting adoption agecies.
So far, we have been on 2 conference calls where DOS introduced IAAME and its key staff members, like their CEO and CFO.
It is early to have any kind of meaningful impression, but so far they seem ok.
Looks like one of the biggest differences between them and COA, again so far, is that IAAME will use staff memebers instead of volunteers to do office site visits.
Sounds like it will be a bit more expensive to do so, but at the end of the day, it might not be a bad idea to have people who know what they’re doing examine such important files.
Will keep you updated as we know more. For more info about IAAME directly, please visit their site here: https://www.iaame.net/about-iaame/
-Updated by Nick on February 5, 2018
August 8 – Adoption Update | IAAME
On August 8, we received an email from The Department of State informing us that COA will no longer be the only adoption accrediting entity.
It appears that another accrediting entity is in the works. It is called the Adoption Accreditation and Maintenance Entity, Inc., (IAAME)
In order to carry out its opearations, an adoption agency has to be accredited. This far, the Council on Accreditaiton has been the only option for agencies to become Hague Accredited. The email from DOS says that IAAME will be the second AE – or Accrediting Entity, in accordance with 22CFR Part 96.
The Department describes the new AE’s functions as such:
“1) the Department of State’s approval of systems, procedures, and a fee schedule that will be coordinated as necessary to ensure consistency in accreditation systems and procedures used by both AEs;
2) the Department of State’s determination of jurisdictional parameters”.
To read their full notification, click here.
Whenever more information becomes available, we will give you an update.