Universal Accreditation Act 2012 – Anne Hughes

February 2, 2013
Hosted by Kelly Ellison

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On January 14, 2013, President Obama signed The Inter-country Adoption Universal Accreditation Act (UAA) of 2012. The UAA has broad implications for all U.S. adoption service providers ( adoption agencies and professionals) active in inter-country adoption. It affects currently accredited or approved service providers and those with programs only in non-Hague Adoption Convention countries of origin, where federal accreditation or approval was not previously required. Join us as we have Anne Hughes, CEO and Founder of Beacon House Adoption guide us through what this new bill means for adoption agencies and professionals and adoptive parents. If you are currently adopting there could be some implications for you and if you are considering adoption, this will be an important piece of information as you choose your agency.

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Kelly Ellison

Kelly Ellison

Kelly is an adoptive parent, executive coach and trainer. She has over 25 years of experience working in development and management in the nonprofit sector and has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for causes ranging from the environment to the arts. Kelly has a passion for helping adoptive families reach their financial goals and uses her experience from the nonprofit world to coach adoptive families. She is Your Adoption Finance Coach and works with adoption agencies and families providing workshops, resources, and coaching to help them with their financial needs associated with adoptions both international and domestic. Using her system, the families she supports raise anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000 or more for their adoption. Kelly completed her Masters Degree in Business Administration in 2005, graduating from the Rockhurst University in the Executive Fellows Program in Kansas City, Missouri. She has extensive management experience, training and facilitating groups of all sizes and backgrounds. Kelly is certified in mediation and diversity and is an author and speaker. She will be speaking at the National Council for Adoption this year. She serves on several boards including the scholarship committee for the Rosalyn Carter Institute’s Intergenerational Caregivers Scholarship Award and is also a member of the board of governors to the We Are Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in New York City.

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