Innovative Practice Award Winners

COA is proud to recognize the winners of the Innovative Practices Award for their creative work and innovative use of resources in addressing the unique needs of children, youth, adults, and families. Award winners are evaluated and rated highly for their planning and presentation (20%), performance and quality improvement (40%), and innovation (40%).

In addition to the winners of the Innovative Practices Award, COA also acknowledges organizations with a Runner-Up or Honorable Mention. Runners-Up rate highly across at least two of the three evaluation criteria. Honorable Mentions meet some of the evaluation criteria and have elements of innovative practices that offer opportunities for learning for all organizations.

WHO IS ACCREDITED?

Private Organization Accreditation

Lutheran Social Services of New England is a high-performing nonprofit organization. LSS is a powerful difference maker and go-to resource, driving ourselves to constantly anticipate futures that are different from the past. For 140 years, LSS has been caring for people in need in New England.
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VOLUNTEER TESTIMONIAL

Judy Kay, LCSW

Volunteer Roles: Peer Reviewer; Team Leader

In administration for 22 of 24 years at Child Saving Institute, a COA-accredited not-for-profit child welfare agency in Omaha, Nebraska. Retired approximately two years ago, I moved to Tucson, Arizona, where I advocate for children's rights as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer to three young children.
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