Vincent Geremia, MPA,  Assistant Director

COA Standards for Public Agencies

Collaborating with COA has equipped me with enhanced knowledge, skills, and experience necessary for the career roles I have held within public welfare agencies. I remain very appreciative of the professional and personal benefits that I have realized from my role as a Peer Reviewer and Team Leader with COA. Through accreditation, we have maintained our level of practice and with our re-accreditation efforts over the years, we have continually improved in the efficiency and effectiveness of our functioning and practice. While the accreditation process provides us with an all-encompassing assessment of the organization, highlighting areas of improvement and opportunities for growth, it also affords us the opportunity to really showcase and demonstrate the good work that we do to an external, unbiased team of experienced human service professionals, in other words, it provides us a "Time to shine"! Kentucky is honored to be one of only four public state-administered child welfare public agencies currently accredited through COA in the nation.

WHO IS ACCREDITED?

Private Organization Accreditation

Heartland for Children is the not-for-profit agency responsible for the foster care system in Polk, Highlands, and Hardee Counties.
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VOLUNTEER TESTIMONIAL

Barry Gourley

Volunteer Roles: Endorser; Peer Reviewer

It is an honor to be a COA volunteer. I’ve had a great opportunity to work with fabulous COA volunteers, I’ve grown professionally in the COA accreditation process and I’ve met some wonderful people across this nation who are working hard to help and support children and families.
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