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STATE RIN: 1400-AE39 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Intercountry Adoptions 

The Department of State proposes revisions to the regulations relating to accreditation of agencies and approval of persons to provide adoption services in intercountry adoption cases. The rule would strengthen certain standards for accreditation and approval.  The rule would also establish regulations for relative adoptions and establish procedures for adverse action by the Department. The Department is making these adjustments to provide clarification and updates based on observations and experience with the practical operation of the regulations in the 16 years since the regulations went into effect. The Department meets with accrediting entities, adoption service providers, prospective adoptive parents, persons adopted through intercountry adoption, and adoption advocacy groups, all of which inform its regulatory actions in the area of intercountry adoptions. 

Agency: Department of State(STATE)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
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
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  11/20/2020  85 FR 74492   
Final Rule  02/00/2024 
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:
Marisa Light
Department of State
Washington, DC 20520
Phone:202 485-6024