Private Organization Accreditation

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


Ulysses Arteaga, L.C.S.W.

Volunteer Roles: Commissioner; EPPA; Marine Reviewer; Military Reviewer; Peer Reviewer; Team Leader

The Consuelo Foundation 2012 Peer Reviewer of the Year, Mr. Arteaga conducts two to three site visits a year, often volunteering for visits that require a Spanish speaking peer.
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Table of Evidence

Self-Study Evidence On-Site Evidence On-Site Activities
  • A narrative describing which states the agency/person conducts homestudies and information about the relevant laws and regulations 96.47 (a)
  • Home study preparation procedures 96.47 (a), 96.47 (b), 96.47 (d)
  • Procedures for reviewing and approving home studies 96.47 (c)
  • Checklist, tool, or other documentation used in the review and approval of homestudies 96.47 (c)
  • Review applicable state law, as necessary 96.47 (b)
  • Interview:
    1. Supervisors 96.47 (a), 96.47 (b), 96.47 (c), 96.47 (d)
    2. Employees who conduct homestudies 96.47 (a)
    3. Employees 96.47 (b), 96.47 (d)
    4. Relevant employees 96.47 (c)
  • Review case records 96.47 (a), 96.47 (c)