COA has developed charts reflecting the evidence that evaluators will review in determining the level of compliance with the standards. These charts specify the evidence that is expected to be provided by the adoption service provider during initial and subsequent accreditation/approval cycles.

You will use the Table of Evidence as a guide to assemble your self-study and prepare for the on-site visit. The Tables of Evidence can be found alongside the standards in your MyCOA portal account, and are available on COA’s website.

Each chart includes three columns:

The Pre-Site Evidence column on the Chart includes evidence that should be provided in your self-study, which is submitted to COA and the Evaluators prior to the site visit.

The On-Site Documents column on the Chart includes evidence that you should have readily available for the Evaluators when they arrive for the site visit. The Evaluators may review these documents if they need further information to evaluate your compliance with the standards.

The On-Site Activities column on the Chart identifies the individuals who may be interviewed by the Evaluators during the site visit, as well as any necessary case record and personnel file reviews and other on-site activities.

The Evaluators have the discretion to request additional evidence if they need further information to properly rate a standard.

Table of Evidence Sample Excerpts
Financial and Risk Management
Evidence Chart

WHO IS ACCREDITED?

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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ORGANIZATION TESTIMONIAL

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Covington

Wm. R. (Bill) Jones, ACSW, MDiv, Chief Executive Officer

Catholic Charities in Covington has been COA accredited since 1996. Though the time spent in completing the self study and hosting the site visit can sometimes feel sometimes daunting, the rewards far outweigh the effort. In our agency, the self-study is a group process that involves every member of the staff from the CEO to the building maintenance staff.
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