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Title 22Chapter ISubchapter JPart 96


TITLE 22—Foreign Relations

CHAPTER I—DEPARTMENT OF STATE

SUBCHAPTER J—LEGAL AND RELATED SERVICES

PART 96—INTERCOUNTRY ADOPTION ACCREDITATION OF AGENCIES AND APPROVAL OF PERSONS

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Subpart A—GENERAL PROVISIONS

§96.1
Purpose.
§96.2
Definitions.
§96.3
[Reserved]
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Subpart B—SELECTION, DESIGNATION, AND DUTIES OF ACCREDITING ENTITIES

§96.4
Designation of accrediting entities by the Secretary.
§96.5
Requirement that accrediting entity be a nonprofit or public entity.
§96.6
Performance criteria for designation as an accrediting entity.
§96.7
Authorities and responsibilities of an accrediting entity.
§96.8
Fees charged by accrediting entities.
§96.9
Agreement between the Secretary and the accrediting entity.
§96.10
Suspension or cancellation of the designation of an accrediting entity by the Secretary.
§96.11
[Reserved]
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Subpart C—ACCREDITATION AND APPROVAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PROVISION OF ADOPTION SERVICES

§96.12
Authorized adoption service providers.
§96.13
Circumstances in which accreditation, approval, or supervision is not required.
§96.14
Providing adoption services using other providers.
§96.15
Examples.
§96.16
Public domestic authorities.
§96.17
Effective date of accreditation and approval requirements.
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Subpart D—APPLICATION PROCEDURES FOR ACCREDITATION AND APPROVAL

§96.18
Scope.
§96.19
First-time application procedures for accreditation and approval.
§96.20
Choosing an accrediting entity.
§§96.21-96.22
[Reserved]
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Subpart E—EVALUATION OF APPLICANTS FOR ACCREDITATION AND APPROVAL

§96.23
Scope.
§96.24
Procedures for evaluating applicants for accreditation or approval.
§96.25
Access to information and documents requested by the accrediting entity.
§96.26
Protection of information and documents by the accrediting entity.
§96.27
Substantive criteria for evaluating applicants for accreditation or approval.
§96.28
[Reserved]
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Subpart F—STANDARDS FOR INTERCOUNTRY ADOPTION ACCREDITATION AND APPROVAL

§96.29
Scope.

Licensing and Corporate Governance

§96.30
State licensing.
§96.31
Corporate structure.
§96.32
Internal structure and oversight.

Financial and Risk Management

§96.33
Budget, audit, insurance, and risk assessment requirements.
§96.34
Compensation.

Ethical Practices and Responsibilities

§96.35
Suitability of agencies and persons to provide adoption services consistent with the Convention.
§96.36
Prohibition on child buying.

Professional Qualifications and Training for Employees

§96.37
Education and experience requirements for social service personnel.
§96.38
Training requirements for social service personnel.

Information Disclosure, Fee Practices, and Quality Control Policies and Practices

§96.39
Information disclosure and quality control practices.
§96.40
Fee policies and procedures.

Responding to Complaints and Records and Reports Management

§96.41
Procedures for responding to complaints and improving service delivery.
§96.42
Retention, preservation, and disclosure of adoption records.
§96.43
Case tracking, data management, and reporting.

Service Planning and Delivery

§96.44
Acting as primary provider.
§96.45
Using supervised providers in the United States.
§96.46
Using providers in foreign countries.

Standards for Cases in Which a Child Is Immigrating to the United States (Incoming Cases)

§96.47
Preparation of home studies in incoming cases.
§96.48
Preparation and training of prospective adoptive parent(s) in incoming cases.
§96.49
Provision of medical and social information in incoming cases.
§96.50
Placement and post-placement monitoring until final adoption in incoming cases.
§96.51
Post-adoption services in incoming cases.
§96.52
Performance of Convention communication and coordination functions in incoming cases.

Standards for Convention Cases in Which a Child Is Emigrating From the United States (Outgoing Cases)

§96.53
Background studies on the child and consents in outgoing Convention cases.
§96.54
Placement standards in outgoing Convention cases.
§96.55
Performance of Convention communication and coordination functions in outgoing Convention cases.
§96.56
[Reserved]
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Subpart G—DECISIONS ON APPLICATIONS FOR ACCREDITATION OR APPROVAL

§96.57
Scope.
§96.58
Notification of accreditation and approval decisions.
§96.59
Review of decisions to deny accreditation or approval.
§96.60
Length of accreditation or approval period.
§96.61
[Reserved]
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Subpart H—RENEWAL OF ACCREDITATION OR APPROVAL

§96.62
Scope.
§96.63
Renewal of accreditation or approval.
§96.64
[Reserved]
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Subpart I—ROUTINE OVERSIGHT BY ACCREDITING ENTITIES

§96.65
Scope.
§96.66
Oversight of accredited agencies and approved persons by the accrediting entity.
§96.67
[Reserved]
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Subpart J—OVERSIGHT THROUGH REVIEW OF COMPLAINTS

§96.68
Scope.
§96.69
Filing of complaints against accredited agencies and approved persons.
§96.70
Operation of the Complaint Registry.
§96.71
Review by the accrediting entity of complaints against accredited agencies and approved persons.
§96.72
Referral of complaints to the Secretary and other authorities.
§96.73
[Reserved]
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Subpart K—ADVERSE ACTION BY THE ACCREDITING ENTITY

§96.74
Scope.
§96.75
Adverse action against accredited agencies or approved persons not in substantial compliance.
§96.76
Procedures governing adverse action by the accrediting entity.
§96.77
Responsibilities of the accredited agency, approved person, and accrediting entity following adverse action by the accrediting entity.
§96.78
Accrediting entity procedures to terminate adverse action.
§96.79
Administrative or judicial review of adverse action by the accrediting entity.
§96.80
[Reserved]
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Subpart L—OVERSIGHT OF ACCREDITED AGENCIES AND APPROVED PERSONS BY THE SECRETARY

§96.81
Scope.
§96.82
The Secretary's response to actions by the accrediting entity.
§96.83
Suspension or cancellation of accreditation or approval by the Secretary.
§96.84
Reinstatement of accreditation or approval after suspension or cancellation by the Secretary.
§96.85
Temporary and permanent debarment by the Secretary.
§96.86
Length of debarment period and reapplication after temporary debarment.
§96.87
Responsibilities of the accredited agency, approved person, and accrediting entity following suspension, cancellation, or debarment by the Secretary.
§96.88
Review of suspension, cancellation, or debarment by the Secretary.
§96.89
[Reserved]
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Subpart M—DISSEMINATION AND REPORTING OF INFORMATION BY ACCREDITING ENTITIES

§96.90
Scope.
§96.91
Dissemination of information to the public about accreditation and approval status.
§96.92
Dissemination of information to the public about complaints against accredited agencies and approved persons.
§96.93
Reports to the Secretary about accredited agencies and approved persons and their activities.
§96.94
[Reserved]


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