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Updated Standards for Family Preservation and Stabilization Services Standards

11/20/2017

Our standards for Family Preservation and Stabilization Services Standards (FPS) have been updated. The updates reflect best practices in the field...

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Updated Standards Supporting Compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act Released

11/01/2017

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Updated Disaster Recovery Standards

10/17/2017

Our Disaster Recovery Case Management standards were updated to provide further guidance to organizations responding to incidents of mass violence... more > >

Updated Standards for Homelessness Services Now Available

07/17/2017

Best practices in addressing homelessness are now incorporated in COA’s standards for homelessness services more > >

New Standards to Support Youth and Promote Resiliency

06/08/2017

COA's new Youth Psychosocial Services standards facilitate childhood development and resiliency using a holistic approach that improves family... more > >

NEW National Accreditation Standards for Public Agencies

08/01/2016

COA releases standards that provide a detailed roadmap for public agencies seeking to increase effectiveness as they strive to improve outcomes for... more > >

Updated Youth Independent Living (YIL) Standards Released

03/25/2016

New Core Standard for youth independent living program models integrated with residential services accommodates youth in transition. more > >

Updated Standards Supporting the Use of Technology Now Available

02/25/2016

COA partnered with a diverse panel of subject matter experts to strengthen standards relating to technology adoption and utilization as well as... more > >

Release of Updated Standards Promoting Best Practices in Suicide Prevention

10/05/2015

Best practices in suicide prevention are now incorporated into the Administrative and Service Environment (ASE), Counseling, Support, and Education... more > >

Updated Behavioral Health Standards Released

05/28/2015

Outpatient Mental Health Services (MH) now combined with Services for Substance Use Conditions (SA) standards to make one service section: Services... more > >

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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.
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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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