The Substantial Compliance System uses a four-point indicator rating system to guide the evaluators in determining the adoption service provider’s degree of compliance with each standard. With prior approval from an accrediting entity or as indicated by a particular standard, an adoption service provider can be assigned a rating of “not applicable” (NA) for some standards. For descriptions of each rating, please see the Rating Indicators.
Hague Accreditation and Approval Rating Indicators
Ratings of (1) and (2) are considered “passing.”
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.
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Volunteer Roles: Evaluator; Lead Evaluator; Peer Reviewer; Team Leader
I have found that being a COA Volunteer builds my professional skills and experience in ways that more traditional workshops do not. The opportunity to learn about best practices through the COA standards and then see how agencies implement them is truly a growth experience.