U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and DOS work to
promote a safe, ethical, and transparent adoption process for
prospective adoptive parents, birth families, and children involved in
intercountry adoptions. This Agreement will enhance the safeguards and
protections for all involved in adoptions between the United States and
the Russian Federation.
The Agreement’s entry into
force on Nov. 1, 2012, will begin a period of transition from the
procedures in place before the Agreement to the new procedures called
for in the Agreement. Not all of the provisions of the Agreement will
take effect immediately on Nov. 1. We anticipate that the transition
period will take six to nine months to complete. Most cases already in
progress as of Nov. 1 will be able continue under the old procedures.
However, it will be important to monitor and track the effective dates
of various provisions in the Agreement to ensure that cases are in
compliance with all the requirements throughout the transition period.
USCIS and DOS will be conducting regular outreach in the coming months
to ensure that new guidance and information is available.
Little Miracles International, Inc. is thrilled to announce that we have received notification that we have achieved the honor of Hague Re-Accreditation through the Council on Accreditation (COA) as authorized by the U. S. Department of State, according to an announcement made to Lori Scott, Executive Director on 10/12/12. We thank our Board Members and Staff for their tireless hours and devotion to our accreditation process. Our current Hague countries are: Bulgaria, Colombia, Hungary, Kazakhstan. We look forward to our continual service to families and children in these and other countries.