Per Universal Accreditation Act of 2012, which became effective July 14, 2014, all international homestudies, including for those countries that are not part of the Hague Convention, must meet Hague standards and be done by an accredited agency or supervised by an accredited agency. About A Child offers homestudy supervision/oversight services for families using our placement services and choosing non-accredited agency or social worker for their homestudy.
Initially, we provide specific instructions for non-accredited homestudy providers to produce a homestudy meeting Convention standards. We may go through several drafts to get it to a level acceptable to USCIS and foreign central authorities.
Next, our qualified Social Services Supervisor signs off on an approval certificate that needs to be submitted together with your homestudy to USCIS. About A Child provides extra notarized copies of this approval certificate and our accreditation certificate at no charge.