Save Adoption and Keep Adoption Affordable!
It’s time for the adoption community to wake up and take action about the decline of inter-country adoption.
If the trend continues, inter-country adoptions will reach Zero in 4 years.
The new accrediting entity, IAAME, set their budget based on a decline of 20% from the previous year. Adoptions have declined by at least 1,000 cases every year since 2004. In 2016, there were only 5,200 adoptions. If the 1,000 per-year decline trend continues, inter-country adoptions will reach zero in just 4 years.
Take Action to Voice Your Concern
The National Council for Adoption is asking you to call your Senators and Congressmen to voice concern about the changes in inter-country adoption. Click here for more information about the Feb 7-8 call-in day to congress, the small business administration, and the media.
$500 Monitoring Fee Per Adopted Child
With new Dept of State regulations, families can expect to pay $500 extra per child they expect to adopt. This is a mandatory oversight fee that takes effect Feb 15, 2018. Adoption agency clients should expect fee schedules to change soon and reflect these new charges.
Survey of Agencies Shows Bleak Future
In 2006 there were 255 Hague-accredited agencies. In 2017, there were only 167. On average, one adoption agency per month goes out of business, or loses or forfeits its accreditation. If the trend of 1 agency losing or leaving behind its accreditation per month continues, one would conclude that there will be no Hague-accredited agencies left in 13 years. However, a recent survey of all Hague agencies shows a much bleaker future. Given the stifling regulation and more than tripling of accreditation fees, one-half of the Hague- accredited agencies have indicated that they plan not to seek accreditation at all with IAAME. This means they will either stop providing international adoption services, or yjey will merge with another agency that does.
Accreditation Budget Increases by 1700%
The budget for COA, our previous accrediting entity, was about $170,000 per year. With new government regulation, the budget for IAAME, the new accrediting entity, will be $3.5 Million dollars. Obviously, all of this cost will be passed on to adoptive families, representing about $1000 per family.
Why is this happening?
For a simple answer to why inter-country adoption is on the decline read this blog post.
What Do We Want?
Although there are many things the Department of State could do to increase adoptions, here are 4 simple requests which have been denied:
- Set a goal for the number of adoptions to increase. Goals matter. The Office of Children’s issues celebrates the number of adoption agencies closed down. This seems to be their goal and the accomplishment they advertise. Adoptions have declined from 24.000 annually to 5,000 annually. Would OCI like to see 4000 next year, or 6000 next year? We have no idea, but can only presume they want a decrease.
- End the US DOS self-imposed moratorium on adoptions from Guatemala, Cambodia, and Nepal. These counties want the US to participate in adoption, but the US won’t allow it.
- Abandon the concept of Country specific authorization in the September, 2016 proposed regulations
- Abandon the foster-style training requirement proposed in the September, 2016 regulations.
See more about these efforts at www.saveadoptions.org
Please take action to help save inter-country adoption.
Robin E. Sizemore
Hopscotch Adoptions, Inc.
Hopscotch Adoptions, Inc.