February 2nd, 2010
08:10 PM ET

Accredited International Adoption Agencies

Editor's Note: Ten Americans accused of illegally trying to take 33 children out of Haiti appeared in a preliminary hearing with a judge on Tuesday, court officials said. The missionaries say they were just trying to help the children leave the earthquake-stricken country, but Haiti's prime minister has said the group was kidnapping the children. Today, CNN confirmed that the Americans' organization, New Life Refuge, is not listed on the U.S. State Department list of International adoption agencies. We'll have the latest developments on the situation tonight at 10 p.m. ET.

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U.S. Department of State

The following adoption service providers have been accredited/approved/temporarily accredited through either the Council on Accreditation (COA) or the Colorado Department of Human Services (CO). Only those adoption service providers who have been accredited, temporarily accredited, or approved by either COA or CO will be able to provide adoption services for Hague adoption cases. The Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption entered into force for the United States on April 1, 2008.

List of accredited adoption agencies.

Adoption service providers will be added to the list on the Department of State website on a rolling basis as they are subsequently accredited or approved. Some may be removed if they are found not to be in substantial compliance with the Hague regulations and subject to adverse actions. See also the list of Adoption Service Providers Denied Hague Convention Accreditation/Approval.

For more information on international adoptions and the requirements in place to become an accredited organization, go here.

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