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

Anita Paukovits

Volunteer Roles: Peer Reviewer

Being a COA peer reviewer has clearly played a role in my professional development and has made me a better administrator at my own agency as a result!  To be part of a professional network that is on the cutting edge of program, practice, fiscal responsibility, and insuring Best Practice across the field is an amazing opportunity.
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Purpose 

The organization earns and sustains the public trust through honest, truthful, and responsible transactions, partnerships, and relationships with individuals, communities, providers, businesses, donors, and government entities.

ETH 1: Open, Transparent Operations

The organization operates in an open and transparent manner in accordance with applicable legal requirements and uses assets exclusively and effectively to serve the purpose for which it has been created.

Rating Indicators
1
The organization's practices fully meet the standard as indicated by full implementation of the practices outlined in the ETH 1 Practice standards.
2
Practices are basically sound but there is room for improvement as noted in the ratings for the ETH 1 Practice standards.
3
Practice requires significant improvement as noted in the ratings for the ETH 1 Practice standards.
4
Implementation of the standard is minimal or there is no evidence of implementation at all, as noted in the ratings for the ETH 1 Practice standards. 

Table of Evidence

Self-Study Evidence On-Site Evidence On-Site Activities
    • Organization website URL
    • Publicly available documents, for example annual report, Form 990
    • Mission statement
    • Network written materials (ETH 1.04)
No On-Site Evidence
    • Interview:
      1. CEO
      2. Board Chair
      3. Treasurer
      4. Advisory/Governing Body
      5. CFO/fiscal director
      6. Persons served/community members
      7. Personnel

  • ETH 1.01

    The public has access to clear, timely, accurate information, as appropriate to the type of organization, about the organization’s programs, activities, service recipients, and finances.

    Interpretation: All publicly accessible websites maintained by the organization should convey current, clear, and accurate organizational and programmatic information. 

    Interpretation: Consumers of services, donors, volunteers, and public officials are among those for whom access to information should be assured. The federal Form 990 filing, a vehicle to convey full descriptions of activities undertaken, is used increasingly as a source of information for consumers.

    Rating Indicators
    1
    The organization's practices reflect full implementation of the standard.
    2
    Practices are basically sound but there is room for improvement; e.g., 
    • While the website provides accurate information, some written materials are outdated; or
    • Some segments of the general public do not have access to accurate and timely information.
    3
    Practice requires significant improvement; e.g., 
    • Generally public information is not current; or
    • Some important information is not available to the public.
    4
    Implementation of the standard is minimal or there is no evidence of implementation at all.

  • ETH 1.02

    The organization accurately portrays its mission or purpose in all communications that contain such a representation.

    Rating Indicators
    1
    The organization's practices reflect full implementation of the standard.
    2
    Practices are basically sound but there is room for improvement; e.g., 
    • In a few instances, the current mission or purpose has not been updated in key communications or for key stakeholders.
    3
    Practice requires significant improvement; e.g., 
    • The mission has been updated but most communications do not reflect the changes.
    4
    Implementation of the standard is minimal or there is no evidence of implementation at all.

  • ETH 1.03

    The organization trains the governing body, advisory group members, and staff on ethical practices and expectations for operating in an open, transparent manner.

    Rating Indicators
    1
    The organization's practices reflect full implementation of the standard.
    2
    Practices are basically sound but there is room for improvement.
    3
    Practice requires significant improvement, e.g., 
    • The organization makes minimal effort to inform its board, staff, etc., about its expectations for operating in an open, transparent manner.
    4
    Implementation of the standard is minimal or there is no evidence of implementation at all.

  • ETH 1.04

    When the network management entity, organizations with an ownership interest in the network, or members of the network’s board of directors provide direct services to network clients, the network management entity discloses all ownership, partnership, or governance arrangements in all written material describing the network.

    Interpretation: In partner networks, which typically consist of a group of organizations that have joined together to form a new, separately incorporated network entity, the partner organizations often have a direct financial stake in the network, as well as a direct role in the network’s governance, decision-making, and outcomes. In such cases partner organizations can be considered the network’s "owners."

    A network can use a simple statement such as "The XYZ Network is a partnership of provider organizations in Clark County" on letterhead or other written material, as long as the network makes more detailed written information, such as a list of all "owners" available upon request.

    NA The organization is not a network management entity.

    Rating Indicators
    1
    Networks disclose ownership, partnership and governance arrangements as per the requirements of the standard.
    2
    Practices are basically sound but there is room for improvement; e.g., 
    • The statement is either vaguely written or somewhat confusing.
    3
    Practice requires significant improvement; e.g., 
    • Ownership interest, etc., is not clearly disclosed in at least one example of written material describing the network; or
    • There is a potential for actual or perceived conflict of interest, such as inappropriate competitive advantage in favor of network owners; or
    • The network makes it difficult to obtain a list of owners.
    4
    Implementation of the standard is minimal or there is no evidence of implementation at all.
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