IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
December 7, 2012
Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs
To provide for universal intercountry adoption accreditation standards, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Intercountry Adoption Universal
Accreditation Act of 2012.
Universal accreditation requirements
The provisions of title II and section 404 of the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 (42 U.S.C. 14901 et seq.), and related implementing regulations, shall apply to any person offering or providing adoption services in connection with a child described in section 101(b)(1)(F) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101(b)(1)(F)), to the same extent as they apply to the offering or provision of adoption services in connection with a Convention adoption. The Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Attorney General (with respect to section 404(b) of the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 (42 U.S.C. 14944)), and the accrediting entities shall have the duties, responsibilities, and authorities under title II and title IV of the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 and related implementing regulations with respect to a person offering or providing such adoption services, irrespective of whether such services are offered or provided in connection with a Convention adoption.
The provisions of this section shall take effect 18 months after the date of the enactment of this Act.
This Act shall not apply to a person offering or providing adoption services as described in subsection (a) in the case of a prospective adoption in which—
an application for advance processing of an orphan petition or petition to classify an orphan as an immediate relative for a child is filed before the date that is 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act; or
the prospective adoptive parents of a child have initiated the adoption process with the filing of an appropriate application in a foreign country sufficient such that the Secretary of State is satisfied before the date that is 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act.
Availability of collected fees for accrediting entities
Section 403 of the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 (42 U.S.C. 14943) is amended by striking subsection (c).
Section 202(b) of the Intercountry Adoption act of 2000 (42 U.S.C. 14922(b)) is amended by adding at the end the following:
Report on use of federal funding
Not later than 90 days after an accrediting entity receives Federal funding authorized by section 403, the entity shall submit a report to the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate and the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives that describes—
the amount of such funding the entity received; and
how such funding was, or will be, used by the entity.
In this Act, the terms accrediting entity, adoption service, Convention adoption, and person have the meanings given those terms in section 3 of the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 (42 U.S.C. 14902).
Passed the Senate December 5, 2012.