Text: S.3331 — 112th Congress (2011-2012)All Information (Except Text)
Public Law No: 112-276 (01/14/2013)
[112th Congress Public Law 276]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]
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Public Law 112-276
To provide for universal intercountry adoption accreditation standards,
and for other purposes. <<NOTE: Jan. 14, 2013 - [S. 3331]>>
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled, <<NOTE: Intercountry
Adoption Universal Accreditation Act of 2012. 42 USC 14901 note.>>
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``Intercountry Adoption Universal
Accreditation Act of 2012''.
SEC. 2. <<NOTE: 42 USC 14925.>> UNIVERSAL ACCREDITATION
(a) <<NOTE: Applicability.>> 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
(b) Effective Date.--The provisions of this section shall take
effect 18 months after the date of the enactment of this Act.
(c) <<NOTE: Time period.>> 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.
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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
``(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
``(A) the amount of such funding the entity
``(B) how such funding was, or will be, used by the
SEC. 4. <<NOTE: 42 USC 14925 note.>> 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.
Approved January 14, 2013.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--S. 3331:
HOUSE REPORTS: No. 112-234 (Comm. on Foreign Relations).
Vol. 158 (2012):
Dec. 5, considered and passed
Dec. 30, considered in House.
Vol. 158 (2013):
Jan. 1, considered and passed House.