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Increase in Fees for Accrediting Entities

October 26, 2022

From the U.S. Department of State Office of Children's Issues

Approved Fee Schedules for Accrediting Entities, IAAME and CEAS

In accordance with the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000, the Department has approved a revised fee schedule for the Intercountry Adoption Accreditation and Maintenance Entity, Inc. (IAAME) and a new fee schedule for Center for Excellence in Adoption Services (CEAS).  The Department’s role with respect to approving accrediting entity (AE) fees is to confirm they meet legal and regulatory requirements under 22 CFR 96.8.  IAAME and CEAS demonstrated to the Department’s satisfaction that the total fees collected under the approved schedule of fees will not exceed the full costs of accreditation or approval and reflects appropriate consideration of the relative size, geographic location, and volume of intercountry adoption cases of adoption service providers (ASPs) within its respective jurisdictions.

The Department has also approved the required systems, policies, and procedures for CEAS, which will assume the AE role with authority to accredit, approve, monitor, and oversee ASPs in its assigned jurisdiction as of December 1, 2022.  The approved fee schedules for both Accrediting Entities (AEs) will go into effect on December 1, 2022 and will apply to ASPs within each AE’s assigned jurisdiction.

For more information about each AE’s jurisdiction and transition planning, please see the Department’s June 2, 2022 notice.

Both AEs will provide more information for ASPs regarding the operational aspects of implementing the fee schedules.

Approved Fee Schedules for Accrediting Entities, IAAME and CEAS

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