WHO IS ACCREDITED?

Private Organization Accreditation

As one of the largest family services agencies in the country, Child & Family Services has dedicated its resources to meet the needs of the community since 1873.
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VOLUNTEER TESTIMONIAL

Bonnie Bagley

Volunteer Roles: Evaluator; Lead Evaluator; Peer Reviewer; Team Leader

I have found that being a COA Volunteer builds my professional skills and experience in ways that more traditional workshops do not. The opportunity to learn about best practices through the COA standards and then see how agencies implement them is truly a growth experience.
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Your Input is Essential

COA’s Standards undergo review and comment by hundreds of professionals while they are posted on the COA website during a Field Comment period.  The feedback and commentary shared through draft standard reviews is essential to creating standards that reflect current trends, best practice principles and continuous quality improvement.   In addition, the input and guidance received provides the diverse perspectives necessary to develop rigorous yet practical standards.   

Please take a moment to review COA’s Standards currently undergoing field comment or note those that are upcoming to ensure you have the opportunity to share your invaluable perspective.  We look forward to receiving your feedback!

Current Field Comment

Updated Behavior Support and Management Standards
Deadline to Submit: Friday, February 16, 2018


Last fall, COA convened two panels of subject matter experts and representatives from the field to review and update the Behavior Support and Management standards.

The purpose of this review was to emphasize best practices in behavior and support management. Some of the focus of these updates includes creating a more collaborative approach to behavior support planning, emphasizing the use of proactive interventions prior to the need for a crisis response (such as calling the police or a restrictive intervention), and approach behavior support treatment through a trauma-informed lens. In addition, we have limited the scope of BSM to addressing personnel specifically and have integrated BSM for resource families into an upcoming Foster and Kinship Care update (so don’t be alarmed when you see that everything pertaining to “foster parents” has been removed). 

The standards will be open for field comment until Friday, February 16th, 2018. At that point we will begin incorporating your feedback into the final drafts of the standards. Recognition of your contribution will be listed on our website. 

There are a couple of ways you can send us feedback, but let’s start with getting you a draft of the standards, click here.

How to Submit Feedback:

  1. Comment directly on the draft using tracked changes, save the draft, and then email it to Isabelle Leventhal.
  2. Read through the draft and if you have a few overarching comments, then send them to email Isabelle Leventhal.
  3. Read through the standards and respond to this survey with prompts on specific areas I have questions about. 
  4. Or a variety of all 3! You decide! The only wrong way to give feedback is by giving none at all, so do whatever is easiest for you.
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