Introductory Tool Kit for Military Family Readiness Program Accreditation

Welcome to COA’s Military Family Readiness Program Accreditation and congratulations on embarking on this worthy pursuit.  COA has created this Introductory Tool Kit to help your program get to know COA, learn about and prepare for the accreditation process and what to expect, and communicate to your leadership and staff about the process. Listed below are links to the tools and resources that will help you get started.

In addition, your Accreditation Coordinator and will serve as your guide, problem solver, coach and, if necessary, ombudsman throughout the accreditation process.

Getting to Know COA & The Role of the Point of Contact (POC)

An Introduction to COA Accreditation Video
This introductory self-paced training provides an overview of the Council on Accreditation and the accreditation process.
    
(NOTE:  In order to access this training video, click on the training title above. To register, use the search and filter feature and search by training type, which is ‘self-paced’.  This training will be the first option on the registration list. Check this training and click register. An email with a link to this training will be sent upon completion of the registration process.)

Roles & Responsibilities of the Point of Contact (POC)
A one page summary of the role and responsibilities of the program’s Point of Contact (POC)

Fact Sheets & Communication Templates

Fact Sheet
A two-page summary of COA and COA’s Military Family Readiness Program Accreditation

Value of Accreditation
A one-page overview of the value and benefits of COA’s Military Family Readiness Program Accreditation

Memo to Leadership
A template for communicating accreditation to your leadership

Talking Points to Staff
A template for communicating accreditation to your staff

Planning & Preparation Tools

COA Standards for Military Family Readiness Programs
COA’s national standards that outline best practices for Military Family Readiness programs.

Assignment of Standards Guidance
A guide to help programs identify which standards are likely to apply to their program’s services

Accreditation Guidelines
The purpose of MIL Guidelines is to outline and clarify process steps associated with COA’s Military Family Readiness Program Accreditation.

Sample Work Plan
The Accreditation Work Plan Template is designed to help with task assignment and monitoring, and the establishment of due dates.  It reflects the major milestones of COA's accreditation process and is readily adaptable to a program's specific needs.

Timeline for COA’s Accreditation of Military Family Readiness Programs
An estimate of the time needed to complete the accreditation process from application to accreditation

For any questions, please contact Kathy Connelly via email or at (212) 871-1944.

WHO IS ACCREDITED?

Private Organization Accreditation

Children's Home Society of Florida delivers a unique spectrum of social services designed to protect children at risk of abuse, neglect or abandonment; to strengthen and stabilize families; to help young people break the cycle of abuse and neglect; and to find safe, loving homes for children.
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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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