Champions for Children is a COA Accredited Organization
Champions for Children has been continuously nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) since 2004. On May 3, 2013, the agency received official results of the April Accreditation Site Visit, noting that our Pre-Commission Review Report was expedited as a result of not receiving any out of compliance ratings in any of the fundamental practice statements. In July of the same year we hosted a visit by Richard Klarberg, COA’s President and CEO, who stated You can be very proud of the work that you are doing. Not only is it of the highest caliber in terms of quality but also in terms of innovativeness
COA is an international, independent, not-for-profit, child- and family-service and behavioral healthcare accrediting organization. It was founded in 1977 by the Child Welfare League of America and Family Service America (now the Alliance for Children and Families). Originally known as an accrediting body for family and children’s agencies, COA currently accredits over 45 different service areas. Among the service areas are substance abuse treatment, adult day care, services for the homeless, foster care, and inter-country adoption.
The COA accreditation process involves a detailed review of our administrative, management, and service delivery functions against international standards of best practice. Accreditation encourages services that are appropriate, coordinated, culturally competent, evidence-based, and provided by a skilled and supported workforce.
What does it mean to be accredited?
(as described by the Council on Accreditation on it’s website: http://coanet.org/accreditation/accreditation-overview/)
COA accreditation is an objective and reliable verification that organizations and programs qualify for the confidence and support of their stakeholders. The COA accreditation process involves a detailed review and analysis of an organization or program’s administrative functions and service delivery practices. All are measured against international standards of best practice. These standards emphasize services that are accessible, appropriate, based in the community, coordinated, culturally competent, evidence-based, individualized, outcomes-oriented, provided by a skilled and supported workforce, respectful of individual rights, strengths-based, supportive of partnership, child and family focused, treat all people with dignity, involve family and provider collaboration, and address child outcomes. As such, consumers, board members, funders, regulators and staff can have confidence in the credibility, integrity and achievement of the organization or program.
To achieve COA accreditation, an organization or program first provides written evidence of compliance with the applicable standards. Thereafter, a group of specially trained volunteer Site Reviewers confirms adherence to these standards during a series of on-site interviews with the organization’s trustees, staff and clients. Based on their findings, COA’s Pre-Commission Review Committee or Accreditation Commission then determines whether an organization or program has successfully met the criteria for accreditation.