Private Organization Accreditation

Southeastern Regional Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services is a Local Management Entity, covering the geographic areas of Bladen, Columbus, Robeson, and Scotland counties. SER ensures continuity of care to consumers through access to a quality of care system available 24/7/365 days a year through management of our network provider services.


Nuevo Amanecer Latino Children's Services

Galo A. Rodriguez, M.P.H., President & CEO

Since Nuevo Amanecer Latino Children’s Services pursued its COA accreditation on October 14, 2004, this corporation has sustained a continuous quality improvement process by not looking whom to blame among the involved parties but improving what we have already done well… because good enough is not good enough.
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Adoption Services establish a permanent family for children and youth awaiting adoption, and increase the well-being and functioning of birth parents, adoptive families, and adopted individuals.

AS 5: Child and Youth Permanency

The organization participates in or facilitates a permanency planning process with families to promote stability and permanency.

NA The organization does not provide care for children or youth in custody of a public agency or only provides Foster Care to Adoption Services.

NA The organization provides homestudy services only.

NA The organization provides post placement services only.

Rating Indicators
All elements or requirements outlined in the standard are evident in practice, as indicated by full implementation of the practices outlined in the Practice standards.
Practices are basically sound but there is room for improvement, as noted in the ratings for the Practice standards; e.g.,
  • Minor inconsistencies and not yet fully developed practices are noted, however, these do not significantly impact service quality; or
  • Procedures need strengthening; or
  • With few exceptions procedures are understood by staff and are being used; or
  • For the most part, established timeframes are met; or
  • Proper documentation is the norm and any issues with individual staff members are being addressed through performance evaluations (HR 6.02) and training (TS 2.03); or
  • Active client participation occurs to a considerable extent.
Practice requires significant improvement, as noted in the ratings for the Practice standards. Service quality or program functioning may be compromised; e.g.,
  • Procedures and/or case record documentation need significant strengthening; or
  • Procedures are not well-understood or used appropriately; or
  • Timeframes are often missed; or
  • A number of client records are missing important information  or
  • Client participation is inconsistent; or
  • One of the Fundamental Practice Standards received a rating of 3 or 4.
Implementation of the standard is minimal or there is no evidence of implementation at all, as noted in the ratings for the Practice standards; e.g.,
  • No written procedures, or procedures are clearly inadequate or not being used; or
  • Documentation is routinely incomplete and/or missing; or  
  • Two or more Fundamental Practice Standards received a rating of 3 or 4.

Table of Evidence

Self-Study Evidence On-Site Evidence On-Site Activities
    • A description of permanency planning process
    • Reports or other aggregate data regarding the length of stay in out-of-home care, if the organization facilitates foster care adoptions
    • Interview:
      1. Program director
      2. Relevant personnel
      3. Parents
      4. Children
    • Review case records

  • AS 5.01

    The permanency plan defines the permanency goal as adoption and specifies:

    1. activities that support the achievement of adoption; and
    2. a timeframe for completing the adoption.

    Interpretation: When the case involves an American Indian or Alaska Native child, tribal definitions of permanency should be recognized and incorporated into the permanency plan.

    Research Note: Tribal definitions of permanency can vary by tribe but generally focus on the concept of belonging through the identification and enhancement of the child’s support networks including their extended family, clan, and tribe. Thus, permanency is the result of continuity and a sustained sense of belonging.

  • AS 5.02

    The child, parents, caregivers, and relevant professionals participate in a court or administrative case review at least every 6 months to assess:

    1. facilitation of therapeutic parent/child/sibling visitation, unless contraindicated;
    2. progress toward permanency;
    3. possible planning resources and options; and
    4. appropriateness of services.


    • Revised Interpretation - 10/31/17

    Interpretation: Federal laws, state statutes or administrative rules may provide guidance about when and how administrative reviews are to be conducted. The case review may be conducted by or in collaboration with the public authority. The review is scheduled at times when appropriate parties can attend.

    Interpretation: When the case involves an American Indian or Alaska Native child, a representative from the tribe or a local Indian organization should receive timely notification of court or administrative case reviews to ensure their involvement, particularly when any changes are made to the permanency plan.

  • AS 5.03

    The child receives information about progress toward achieving permanency as appropriate to his or her age, cultural needs, and developmental level.


    • Added Note - 10/31/17

    Note: State regulations may require obtaining the child’s consent when guardianship or adoption is pursued. However, when the case involves an American Indian or Alaska Native child, such regulations may also be superceded by the Indian Child Welfare Act, wherein consent is not required.

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