Thursday, March 20, 2008

Children's Hope Hague Accreditation Status Update

The Hague Treaty on Intercountry Adoption establishes international standards to protect orphans and both their birth and adoptive parents. It aims to prevent child trafficking and other abuses. It also assures adoptive families they are working with an adoption agency that meets these ethical standards.

As early as November 2006, Children’s Hope submitted our application for Hague Accreditation and in May 2007 we completed our self-study. We have been diligently pursuant of this standard ever since. When the Council on Accreditation (COA) published the first batch of Hague accredited agencies, Children’s Hope status was pending. On March 7, 2008, the COA reviewed Children's Hope International's Hague Accreditation case and cited on March 19 that additional evidence is needed to demonstrate our compliance with Hague standards. Our Hague accreditation status is therefore still pending. In the coming months, we will be pursuing our accreditation, working with all constituents involved in the timeliest manner possible.

Additional evidence may be available as early as May 31. Children’s Hope International’s mission is to find homes, health and hope for children in need. This mission is directly in line with Hague standards, and we continually aspire to the highest ethical standing in our placement of children into their forever homes. We do not seek to meet the minimum standards for such an accreditation, we seek to surpass them.


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