A Christian adoption agency is excited to have received
God's Children International (AGCI) has achieved Hague
Accreditation through the Council on Accreditation, as authorized
by the U.S. State Department.
Spokesman David Archer tells
OneNewsNow it is a milestone that will ensure the protection
of orphans adopted through his organization.
"Being Hague-accredited means you can operate in countries that
are signatories to Hague, which is the agreement between countries
that was enacted to make sure adoptions are done ethically, just to
make sure the children are legitimately available to adopt and to
protect the children in the whole process," he explains.
AGCI operates in nine countries ranging from China to
Africa. Each accredited organization goes through a thorough
process, just as people who want to adopt are screened by AGCI. In
addition, the agency provides for unadopted children.
"In countries that we worked in last year, we probably touched
10,000 lives through our orphan care efforts, because adoption is
not the answer for everybody," Archer shares. "Some children will
not be available to adopt, and then there's just the sheer numbers.
So we feel it is just as important to work with the children
in-country as well."
AGCI provides for orphans' basic needs through sponsorships and
sends missionaries to participating countries.