Davina Polanco, MS, CTRS, Executive Director

COA Standards for Private Organizations

Being COA accredited is our way of assuring the public and our community partners that our organization provides the highest quality of care and services for the foster youth in our programs. The extensive external review process helps to ensure that our administrative and management teams are held to the highest standards and it pushes us to constantly explore innovative ways to improve our overall performance and service. While the accreditation process itself was a bit daunting at times, the COA staff was always available to answer our questions and to offer any guidance that we needed. In the end, it was all worth it, because when people see the COA logo on our flyers and website, they immediately know that the vetting process has been thoroughly completed for them and that our organization will settle for nothing less than providing program excellence.

WHO IS ACCREDITED?

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 TESTIMONIAL

Bonnie Bagley

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.
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