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The Department of State has announced fee hikes that are leading to the biggest crisis to face international adoption in its history. The Department of State is mandating enormous fee increases to a new accrediting entity beginning February 15, 2018 for agencies working internationally.
The newly-appointed accrediting entity does not have contracts, policies, or procedures, and has provided Adoption Service Providers (ASP) with absolutely no services. The extent of the crisis is unpredictable at present. We do know that the costs of international adoptions for each family will increase by thousands of dollars beginning almost immediately. The DOS is charging an additional $500 per international adoption pursuit, even if the adoption is unsuccessful.
Adoption Service Provider's "monitoring fees" stand to increase by approximately 4,000% - an outrageous amount that does not include accreditation expenses or account for the additional staffing that will be required to meet their added demands. Adoption will move further out of reach for children and families!
Many Adoption Service Providers are interpreting this new move as a direct attack on international adoptions. They are collaborating and intend to protest this move by Department of State. We believe every child has the right to a family and we will fight for this.
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