S.3331 - Intercountry Adoption Universal Accreditation Act of 2012112th Congress (2011-2012)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Kerry, John F. [D-MA] (Introduced 06/21/2012)|
|Committees:||Senate - Foreign Relations | House - Foreign Affairs|
|Committee Reports:||S. Rept. 112-234|
|Latest Action:||01/14/2013 Became Public Law No: 112-276.|
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[Congressional Bills 112th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [S. 3331 Enrolled Bill (ENR)] S.3331 One Hundred Twelfth Congress of the United States of America AT THE SECOND SESSION Begun and held at the City of Washington on Tuesday, the third day of January, two thousand and twelve An Act To provide for universal intercountry adoption accreditation standards, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``Intercountry Adoption Universal Accreditation Act of 2012''. SEC. 2. UNIVERSAL ACCREDITATION REQUIREMENTS. (a) In General.--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. (b) Effective Date.--The provisions of this section shall take effect 18 months after the date of the enactment of this Act. (c) Transition Rule.--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-- (1) 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 (2) 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. SEC. 3. AVAILABILITY OF COLLECTED FEES FOR ACCREDITING ENTITIES. (a) Section 403 of the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 (42 U.S.C. 14943) is amended by striking subsection (c). (b) Report Requirement.--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: ``(5) 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-- ``(A) the amount of such funding the entity received; and ``(B) how such funding was, or will be, used by the entity.''. SEC. 4. DEFINITIONS. 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). Speaker of the House of Representatives. Vice President of the United States and President of the Senate.