Assignment of Ratings
Evaluators determine an adoption service provider’s degree of compliance by rating all sub-section standards using their professional judgment and expertise. Ratings are based on:

  • self-study documentation;
  • public comment information;
  • materials provided on site; and
  • interviews and information provided by staff, clients, and other key stakeholders.

A written explanation of the rating is provided if the evaluators decide to assign a rating of:

  • partial compliance (3) or non-compliance (4) to a critical or foundational standard; or
  • a rating of substantial compliance (2), partial compliance (3) or non-compliance (4) for a mandatory standard.

The adoption service provider will have an opportunity to respond to all ratings of partial compliance or non-compliance following the site visit. The accrediting entity will take these responses into account before assigning a final rating.

Achieving Accreditation or Approval
An adoption service provider’s overall compliance must demonstrate "substantial compliance" by receiving a rating of full or substantial compliance on 85% of applicable standards.

In order to be accredited, temporarily accredited, or approved, the adoption service provider must:

  • receive ratings of full compliance on 100% of all applicable Mandatory Standards;
  • receive ratings of full or substantial compliance on 100% of all applicable Critical Standards;
  • receive no rating of non-compliance on any Foundational Standard; and
  • receive ratings of full or substantial compliance on enough Foundational Standards so that ratings of full or substantial compliance have been received on 85% of all applicable Mandatory, Critical and Foundational Standards taken together.


Private Organization Accreditation

Catholic Charities alleviates human suffering and improves the quality of life of 100,000 people annually, regardless of religious background. A staff of 600 provides support and services related to housing, food, mental health, children's services, addiction treatment, and domestic violence services.


Ulysses Arteaga, L.C.S.W.

Volunteer Roles: Commissioner; EPPA; Marine Reviewer; Military Reviewer; Peer Reviewer; Team Leader

The Consuelo Foundation 2012 Peer Reviewer of the Year, Mr. Arteaga conducts two to three site visits a year, often volunteering for visits that require a Spanish speaking peer.
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