Private Organization Accreditation

Family Services of Southeast Texas strengthens families through accessible, affordable counseling services and education for issues affecting family life, mental health and employment.  We also provide comprehensive domestic violence shelter and support services.


Judy Kay, LCSW

Volunteer Roles: Peer Reviewer; Team Leader

In administration for 22 of 24 years at Child Saving Institute, a COA-accredited not-for-profit child welfare agency in Omaha, Nebraska. Retired approximately two years ago, I moved to Tucson, Arizona, where I advocate for children's rights as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer to three young children.
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Individuals participating in Mentoring Services develop supportive, positive relationships that contribute to the achievement of personal, social, and educational growth.


Mentoring Services help to establish supportive, stable, and mutually beneficial relationships between selected mentors and children, youth, or adults in need. Mentoring services work by increasing an individual’s protective factors and providing them with a sense of acceptance and accountability.

Research Note: Although some mentors adopt authoritative roles and attempt to reform individuals with whom they are matched, research examining mentoring relationships with youth suggests it may be more effective to develop supportive, respectful, and trust-based friendships with mentees.

Note: The standards in this section have been developed to address programs that utilize part-time, full-time, volunteer, and/or paid mentors. Organizations that provide mentors with travel reimbursements, stipends, or other forms of compensation can be reviewed under this service section. 

Note: Mentoring services can take place within a wide variety of settings such as in the mentee’s home, a residential treatment or group living setting, on-site at an organization’s facilities, in schools, or in the community. Mentoring services are often part of a larger array of services offered to children, youth, and adults in need. The standards within this section can address a variety of mentoring program models including, but not limited to, foster grandparent programs, group mentoring programs, peer mentoring programs, mentor family programs, and others. Programs focused on volunteer recruitment, assignment, and coordination are not addressed by these standards. 

Note: Please see MS Reference List and Human Trafficking Reference List - Private for a list of resources that informed the development of these standards.

Mentoring Services Narrative

Self-Study Evidence
    • Provide an overview of the different programs being accredited under this section. The overview should describe: 
      1. eligibility criteria;
      2. any unique or special services provided to specific populations; and
      3. major funding streams.
    • If elements of the service (e.g., assessments) are provided by contract with outside programs or through participation in a formal, coordinated service delivery system, provide a list that identifies the providers and the service components for which they are responsible. Do not include services provided by referral.
    • Provide any other information you would like the peer review team to know about these programs.
    • A demographic profile of persons and families served by the programs being reviewed under this service section with percentages representing the following: 
      1. racial and ethnic characteristics;
      2. gender/gender identity;
      3. age;
      4. major religious groups; and
      5. major language groups
    • As applicable, a list of groups or classes including, for each group or class: 
      1. the type of activity/group;
      2. whether the activity/group is short-term or ongoing;
      3. how often the activity/group is offered;
      4. the average number of participants per session of the activity/group, in the last month; and
      5. the total number of participants in the activity/group, in the last month
    • A list of any programs that were opened, merged with other programs or services, or closed
    • A list or description of program outcomes and outputs being measured
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