Teaneck, New Jersey (PRWEB) January 12, 2013
Homestudies and Adoption Placement Services has received notification that it has achieved Hague Accreditation through the Council on Accreditation (COA) as authorized by the U.S. Department of State, according to an announcement made to Lorraine Kolankowski, Executive Director of the organization.
Homestudies and Adoption Placement Services is located at 668 American Legion Drive, Teaneck, NJ 07666, United States.
Hague Accreditation attests that Homestudies and Adoption Placement Services is in substantial compliance with the Hague Convention Accreditation Standards. Homestudies and Adoption Placement Services’s Hague Accreditation Expiration Date is February 23, 2017.
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. For more information about the Hague Convention, including a full list of participating countries, please visit the Hague Conference on Private International Law’s website at http://www.hcch.net.
Congress passed The Intercountry Adoption Act (IAA) in October 2000, which serves as the implementing legislation for the United States. The IAA names the U.S. Department of State (State Department) as the Central Authority for the United States and the federal agency responsible for implementing the Convention. The IAA requires agencies and persons providing adoption services in cases involving Convention countries to be accredited or approved. In July, 2006 the U.S. Department of State named COA as the only national accreditor for adoption service providers under the Hague Convention.
Founded in 1977, COA is an independent, not-for-profit accreditor of the full of the continuum of community-based behavioral health care and social service organizations. COA’s mission is to partner with human service organizations worldwide to improve service delivery outcomes by developing, applying and promoting accreditation standards. COA envisions excellence in the delivery of human services globally, resulting in the well-being of individuals, families
COA is endorsed by leading consumer and professional groups and by many regulatory bodies and managed care organizations. COA is sponsored by the Alliance for Children and Families, Association of Jewish Family and Children's Agencies, Catholic Charities USA, Child Welfare League of America, Children’s Home Society of America, Employee Assistance Society of North America, Foster Family-based Treatment Association, Joint Council on International Children’s Services, Lutheran Services in America, National Council For Adoption, National Foundation for Credit Counseling, National Network for Youth, National Organization of State Associations for Children, Prevent Child Abuse America and Volunteers of America.
COA’s supporting endorsers include the following organizations: American Association of Children’s Residential Centers, American Network of Community Options and Resources, Child Welfare League of Canada, EAGLE Program of the United Methodist Association, Mental Health Corporations of America, Inc., National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, National Association of Family-Based Services, National Association of Psychiatric Treatment Centers for Children, National Association of Social Workers, National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors, Inc., National Association of Therapeutic Wilderness Camps and National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare.
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Homestudies & Adoption Placement Services (HAPS) is a non-profit, NJ/NY licensed, Hague accredited adoption agency that was founded in 1982. HAPS has focused its efforts on developing families for children who need them. HAPS provide services for both international, domestic and special needs adoptions. HAPS has a strong belief in, and commitment to, the development and support of families. For more information, call 201-836-5553, or email us at info(at)haps(dot)org. Main Corporate office located at 668 American Legion Drive, Teaneck, NJ 07666.