Catholic Charities' Hague Accrediation Renewed (Tennessee Register)

Posted 06/17/2016

The Hague Accreditation for Catholic Charities of Tennessee's international adoption program has been renewed by the Council on Accreditation, as authorized by the U.S. Department of State, according to Bill Sinclair, Catholic Charities executive director.

Renewal of Hague Accreditation attests that the agency is in substantial compliance with the Hague Convention Accreditation Standards. Catholic Chari-ties' Hague Accreditation expiration date for this renewal is May 10, 2020. The agency's first Accreditation was awarded in May 2012.

"Our adoption program is one of only a few agencies in the State of Tennessee to be Hague Accredited that can offer home study resources in the region for prospective adoptive parents seeking an international adoption," explained Julie Bolles, Adoptions and Pregnancy Counseling supervisor for Catholic Charities.

"The benefit for all clients seeking to build their family through adoption is the assurance they have in knowing that the services they receive from Catholic Charities of Tennessee are truly based on best practices, as evidenced by the accreditation," Bolles added.

"Having our accreditation renewed is a very significant accomplishment for our adoption program and, for that matter, for our agency," noted Sinclair. "It is a true reflection of the quality of our program and the capabilities of our staff."

The Hague Convention (www.hcch. net) 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.

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