• Adoption Tax Refundability Act in Year-End Legislation

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    Time is Running Out!

    Join us in asking Congress to include the
    Adoption Tax Refundability Act in Year-End Legislation

    It’s quick and easy to send a clear message to your Senators and Representative asking them to do two things:

    1. Cosponsor the bill (S.1156/H.R.3031) if they haven’t yet

    2. Convey to their tax committee and caucus leadership the importance of including the bill in their priority list for tax provisions in any year-end legislation considered in December.

    Use the button below or visit adoptiontaxcredit.org/take-action/contact-congress to send a prewritten message to Congress in just a few minutes.

    PS – Please don’t wait! Decisions are being made quickly as Congress works to meet a mid-December deadline for passing budget, spending, and tax related legislation.

    Thank you for using your voice to make a difference!

  • Approved Fee Schedules for Accrediting Entities, IAAME and CEAS – Amended

    November 10, 2022

    This notice amends the information previously published on October 26, 2022 by adding information in the CEAS Fee Schedule to explain charges related to site visits. Please visit our website for the complete approved fee schedules for both IAAME and CEAS.

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

  • Increase in Fees for Accrediting Entities

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

    Approved Fee Schedules for Accrediting Entities, IAAME and CEAS

    October 26, 2022

    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