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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ORGANIZATION TESTIMONIAL

Domestic Violence Intervention Services, Inc.

Donna Mathews, Associate Director

Becoming accredited and maintaining our accreditation through COA has helped us increase our professionalism and thereby provide better services to domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence survivors.
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Purpose

Youth participating in Psychosocial Services (PA-YPS) receive community based services that facilitate childhood development and resiliency using a holistic approach that improves family functioning and increases child well-being and safety.

PA-YPS 9: Aftercare and Follow-Up

The agency and youth work together to develop an aftercare plan. Follow-up occurs whenever possible and appropriate.

Interpretation: While the decision to develop an aftercare plan is based on the wishes of the youth and their primary caregiver unless aftercare is mandated, the agency is expected to be strongly proactive with respect to aftercare planning.
 

Table of Evidence

Self-Study Evidence On-Site Evidence On-Site Activities
    • Aftercare and follow-up procedures
No On-Site Evidence
    • Interview:
      1. Clinical or program director
      2. Relevant personnel
      3. Individuals or families served
    • Review Case Records

  • PA-YPS 9.01

    The aftercare plan is developed sufficiently in advance of case closing to ensure an orderly transition.


  • PA-YPS 9.02

    Aftercare plans identify services needed or desired by the youth and their primary caregiver and specify steps for obtaining these services.


  • PA-YPS 9.03

    The agency takes the initiative to explore suitable resources and contact service providers when appropriate.


  • PA-YPS 9.04

    The agency follows up on the aftercare plan, as appropriate, when possible, and with the permission of the youth and primary caregiver.
     

    Interpretation: Reasons why follow-up may not be appropriate include, but are not limited to, cases where the person’s participation is involuntary.

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