Call for Submissions: Innovative Practice Award

Is your organization supporting novel, ground-breaking practices or programs that have improved the quality of services for clients? Do you encourage your staff to “think outside the box”? Submit an application and case study by January 31, 2013.

The Innovative Practices Award exists to recognize and promote novel, groundbreaking approaches to administration and service delivery in the human services field.  Recipients of this award have markedly raised the quality of services provided to vulnerable children and families, and adhere to theory, practice wisdom, and expert consensus as reflected in the broader literature.

For more information about the submission process, please visit:

To read case studies of past winners, please visit:

Submissions are due by January 31, 2013 and include an application and case study.  Winners will be announced on May 1, 2013.


Private Organization Accreditation

Debt Education and Certification Foundation (DECAF), a private non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, provides high-quality financial education and counseling, with nationwide outreach throughout the U.S. DECAF is HUD-approved, and recognized as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in Texas.


The Village for Families & Children, Inc.

Galo A. Rodriguez, M.P.H., President & CEO

COA Peer Reviewers demonstrated their expertise through their knowledge of COA standards as well as experience in the behavioral health field. In addition, COA’s seminars and tools were very helpful in guiding us through the accreditation process.
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