This week, adoption service providers were hit with unexpected accreditation fee increases for the coming year. The new fees come in a period of transition as the Department of State designates a new accrediting entity for intercountry adoption.
Over the course of several years, Armenia is committed to closing many residential institutions for children and placing them in home-based care. NCFA's Ryan Hanlon presented at an international conference on domestic and intercountry adoption best practices for the children who will not be reunited with biological family.
The House Ways and Means Committee announces that the adoption tax credit has been preserved in the new draft of the House tax reform proposal, while the Senate reveals that the adoption tax credit has also been preserved in their Tax Cuts and Jobs Act proposed legislation.
The Council on Accreditation intends to transition out of this role over the next 14 months, citing the U.S. Department of State's Office of Children's Issues's significant policy changes as inconsistent with COA’s philosophy and mission. Here is our take on escalating disagreements between federal policymakers and intercountry adoption service providers, and our recommendations for all involved to have constructive conversations around our common goal: to ensure that the world's children have an opportunity to thrive in a loving, permanent family.
The use of opioid drug addiction is increasing in the United States, with substance abuse putting children at greater risk for maltreatment. Here is an informative infographic on how the opioid epidemic is effecting America's children.
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