My agency just lost accreditation, what should I do?
Since January, 2018, on average, an international adoption agency has lost accreditation every two weeks. In fact, there were 168 accredited adoption agencies beginning in 2018, and today there are only 112. The main reason agencies are losing accreditation regards disputes with the accrediting entity about how to interpret regulations.
If Your Agency Loses Accreditation, We Recommend the Following Steps:
1. File a Complaint
File a complaint with the US State Department’s Office of Children’s Issues if you suspect the accrediting entity has acted unfairly toward your adoption agency. You can contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Look For A New Agency
Look for a new accredited adoption agency to represent you as a Primary Provider. You can see the list of possibilities here.
Please be advised that fees you paid to your prior agency are not likely to transfer to the new agency. The fees you paid were for services rendered, and your agency did provide services. It is possible that your new agency will provide a courtesy waiver of some fees.
Also please be advised that if your agency goes out of business, which is often the case, you are not likely to recover any of the documents for your case because there will not be any employees to help you. So you should gather all the documents you can immediately.
3. Notify Department of State
List of Agencies No Longer Providing International Adoptions
Save Adoptions is not familiar with the circumstances surrounding each case above. It is possible that there have been cases/situations that justify the outcome listed above. However, we are sharing this troubling data to show you a trend which clearly indicates that something is wrong if 33% of all agencies are no longer providing international adoptions.