Military Family Readiness (MFR) Program Accreditation

Military Family Readiness (MFR) Program Accreditation includes the accreditation of family readiness services provided to active duty, Reserve and National Guard service members and their dependents. MFR program accreditation was developed in collaboration with the Department of Defense and in consultation with military and other national human service experts and professionals.

For information about the meaning and value of accreditation, see the Accreditation Overview page.

Snapshot

  • Four-year accreditation
  • In-depth review of the program’s services and administration and management functions
  • User-friendly, online process
  • Process typically takes 9-12 months
  • An Accreditation Coordinator assists the program through the process
  • Standards and accreditation materials are free

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Military Family Readiness Edition Services

  • Community Capacity Building Initiatives
  • Emergency Family Assistance
  • Exceptional Family Member Program Family Support
  • Family Advocacy
  • Financial Readiness
  • Military Lifestyle Support and Education
  • Financial Education and Counseling
  • Non-Medical Individual and Family Counseling
  • Volunteer Coordination

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Timeline and Process

Most programs are able to complete the entire accreditation process in 9-12 months. It is COA’s experience that this time frame provides sufficient opportunity for the active involvement of all parties—consumers, personnel and stakeholders—and sufficient time for the program to undergo growth-promoting change.

For a detailed look at the steps in the accreditation process, see part IV of the Accreditation Guidelines.

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Standards for Military Family Readiness Programs

The Standards for Military Family Readiness Programs are divided into three parts:

  • Administration and Management Standards
  • Service Delivery Administration Standards
  • Service Standards

Programs must demonstrate implementation of both the Administration and Management and the Service Delivery Administration Standards because they encompass aspects of operations that apply to all programs regardless of the services provided. Additionally, programs must demonstrate implementation of specific Service Standards that reflect the services it provides.

COA’s standards are web-based and can be accessed at any time. View the standards.

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Eligibility Criteria

COA makes a preliminary determination of eligibility after it receives a completed application from a program.

Read COA’s Eligibility Criteria for Military Family Readiness Programs.

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Further Reading and Recommended Trainings

Accreditation Guidelines

For more detail regarding the accreditation process, download and review the Accreditation Guidelines.

Recommended Trainings

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Request a Digital Info Kit

Interested in learning more? Request a digital info kit.

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