United States of America - accredited bodies (Arts 10, 11, 12 and 22.3)

U.S. accredited agencies and approved persons will generally perform the case-specific Central Authority duties set forth in Articles 15 through 21, in accordance with Article 22 of the Convention, with the exception of agreement under Article 17(c) that the adoption may proceed, which must be performed by the Department of State in cases in which the United States is a receiving country.  

In accordance with Articles 13 and 22(3) of the Convention, accredited bodies and approved persons have been designated - see the list of names available on the Department of State’s website at http://adoption.state.gov/hague_convention/agency_accreditation/agency_search.php.

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