The UAA – What You Need to Know

meganmont1Policies, rules and regulations governing adoption are always evolving and changing. Read today’s blog post to learn more about an important act that impacts international adoption.

The Intercountry Adoption Universal Accreditation Act of 2012 (UAA) is now in effect.

Accreditation (and the oversight that goes along with it) is critical to help prevent unethical and dishonest international adoption practices.

As of July 14th, the UAA amends and revises the Department of State’s regulation found at 22 CFR Part 96, extending the accreditation and approval requirements for adoption service providers (ASPs) in the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 to non-Convention (“orphan” cases) intercountry adoptions.

The interim rule is open to public comment until September 12, 2014. See the Federal Register Notice for further details. The Notice can be found at the following link: Federal Register Notice of interim final rule.

If you are looking for more information on the UAA and it’s impact, check out Adoption STAR previous blog posts:


Answers to Questions Regarding the Universal Accreditation Act

The Universal Accreditation Act of 2012 Will Be In Force This July

Also, to assist providers and families the Department of State has put up additional information on their website: