Privacy and Confidentiality

IAAME, as an accrediting entity, must comply with the regulatory requirements in 22 CFR 96.26 related to the protection of information and documents by the accrediting entity.

IAAME is required to protect from unauthorized use and disclosure all documents and information about the agency or person it receives including, but not limited to, documents and proprietary information about the agency’s or person’s finances, management, and professional practices received in connection with the performance of its accreditation or approval, oversight, enforcement, renewal, data collection, or other functions under its agreement with the Secretary.

The documents and information received by IAAME will not be disclosed to the public and will be used only for the purpose of performing its accreditation or approval functions and related tasks under its agreement with the Secretary or to provide information to the Secretary, the Complaint Registry, or an appropriate Federal, State, or local authority, including, but not limited to, a public domestic authority or local law enforcement authority unless:

  1. Otherwise authorized by the agency or person in writing; or
  2. Otherwise required under Federal or State laws; or
  3. Required pursuant to subpart M [22 CFR 96.91-96.93].

IAAME, as the accrediting entity, must have appropriate safeguards to protect from unauthorized use and disclosure of any information in its files that identifies birth parent(s), prospective adoptive parent(s), and adoptee(s).

IAAME respects your privacy and is committed to protecting it. The information provided describes the types of information we may collect from you or that you may provide while visiting our website, case record system, or while engaging in contact with IAAME directly via face-to-face, phone, email, or other communication.  Below are our practices for collecting, using and protecting your information.      

What information may we collect?

  • Information you may provide to us directly by completing a form on our website.  We may also ask you for additional information as a result of a submitted form.
  • Records and copies of your correspondence if you contact us.
  • Information provided to us during face-to-face, phone, email, or other communication about intercountry adoption-related matters. 

How may we use this information?

  • Improve our website and/or to improve customer service
  • Refer you to services and resources that you have requested
  • Send email notifications or other non-marketing related communications. 
  • To contractors, service providers, and other third parties we use for business purposes [and who are bound by contractual obligations to keep personal information confidential and use it only for the purposes for which we disclose it to them].
  • We may disclose personal information when required by law to do so or when we believe that releasing the information is necessary to protect and defend the rights, property or personal safety of ourselves or others.

How do we protect your information?

We maintain administrative, technical, and physical safeguards to protect your personal information in compliance with industry standards and legal requirements.  

Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we do our best to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of your personal information transmitted to our Website. Any transmission of personal information is at your own risk. We are not responsible for circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures contained on the Website.