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STATE RIN: 1400-AE39 Publication ID: Fall 2019 
Title: Intercountry Adoptions 
Abstract:

This rule would further implement the U.S. treaty obligations of the Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption, signed at The Hague May 29, 1993, relating to accreditation of bodies in intercountry adoption, as implemented in the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000, and 22 CFR part 96.  Specifically, the Department would amend requirements for accreditation of agencies and approval of persons to provide adoption services in intercountry adoption cases pursuant to the Hague Convention. The rule includes a new subpart establishing parameters for U.S. accrediting entities to authorize adoption service providers (ASPs) who have received accreditation or approval to provide adoption services in countries designated by the Secretary. The rule would also strengthen certain standards for accreditation and approval, including those related to fees and the use of foreign providers. The proposed rule is designed to eliminate regulations making ASPs responsible for services they do not typically provide in relative cases, while maintaining critical safeguards. The relative adoption provisions allow for modified levels of training and preparation for such families to facilitate a faster and less costly process. In addition, the rule would enhance standards related to preparation of prospective adoptive parents so that they receive more training related to the most common challenges faced by adoptive families, and are better prepared for the needs of the specific child they are adopting. These changes are intended to align the preparation of prospective adoptive parents with the current demographics of children immigrating to the United States through intercountry adoption. Finally, the rule would make the mechanism to submit complaints about adoption service providers available to complainants even if they have not first addressed their complaint directly with the adoption service provider.

 
Agency: Department of State(STATE)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Fully or Partially Exempt 
CFR Citation: None     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: 22 U.S.C. 2651a    The Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (done at The Hague, May 29, 1993), S. Treaty Doc. 105-51 (1998), 1870 U.N.T.S. 167 (Reg. No. 31922 (1993))    42 U.S.C. 14901 to 14954    42 U.S.C. 14925   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  06/00/2020 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
International Impacts: This regulatory action will be likely to have international trade and investment effects, or otherwise be of international interest.
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Related RINs: Related to 1400-AD91 
Agency Contact:
Carine Rosalia
Attorney-Adviser
Department of State
SA-17 10th Floor,
Washington, DC 20522-1710
Phone:202 485-6079
Email: rosaliacl@state.gov