NORWALK, CT - Family & Children’s Agency is thrilled to announce that this past March the Adoption program achieved its Hague Accreditation renewal through the Council on Accreditation (COA) as authorized by the U.S. Department of State. Hague Accreditation means Family & Children’s Agency is operating under the highest, safest and most ethical standards in consideration of a child’s best interests during intercountry adoption. Family & Children’s Agency offers adoption programs in China, Korea and Taiwan, in addition to domestic adoptions.
The Hague Convention is an international treaty created to ensure that intercountry adoptions are in the best interests of children and to prevent abduction, exploitation, sale or trafficking of children. In 1994, the United States signed this treaty and agreed to develop regulations and a monitoring process for adoption service providers in the U.S. that worked with agencies in countries that signed onto the Convention. To date, 75 countries have joined the Hague Adoption Convention.
“To achieve this accreditation, the Adoption staff participated in a rigorous evaluation of standards and practices such as recruitment of adoptive parents, placement of children with special needs, home studies, and adoptive parent education before, during and after placement,” said Mary Ellen Hass, Executive Vice President of Family & Children’s Agency. “We are proud of our team, and this accreditation is a testament to their continued dedication to be a trusted partner for adoptive families throughout the region.”
To learn more about adoption through Family & Children’s Agency, attend one of our many free Adoption Information Sessions. The remaining sessions for 2013 will be June 3, July 1, Aug. 5, Sep. 9, Oct. 7, Nov. 4 and Dec. 2. Informational sessions are held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at 9 Mott Avenue, Fourth floor, in Norwalk. Additional sessions are held in Hartford on June 3, July 1, Aug. 5, Sep. 9, Oct. 7, Nov. 4 and Dec. 2 from 6-8 p.m. at 151 New Park Avenue in Hartford, Conn.