Private Organization Accreditation
HeartShare assist individuals with developmental disabilities through education, day, residential and recreation programs, case management, and health services, and provides foster care/adoption services, counseling, after school and energy assistance programs, and programs for people with HIV/AIDS.
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Brewer-Porch Children's Center
James W. Thompson, Executive Director
The COA standards as applied to the operations at Brewer-Porch Children’s Center at The University of Alabama has given the administration an opportunity to examine best practice and improve the quality of care provided to clients.
The Cornerstone of COA Accreditation
COA's standards reflect our philosophy that accreditation is not an end, but a means to an end. The real endpoint is an organization's enhanced growth and stability, measurable results, and an unwavering commitment to the health, safety, and rights of clients.
See below for information on how COA's standards are formatted and developed.
Format and Structure of COA Standards
For a complete overview, take COA's self-paced training, The Format and Structure of COA's Accreditation Standards.
Standards Development Process
COA's standards are updated regularly with input from subject matter experts, service providers, accredited and non-accredited organizations, and COA volunteers. Learn more about COA's standards development process.
Assessment and Rating
Learn how COA's Onsite Review Teams assess and rate standards during the Site Visit with the COA Rating Indicator Legends manual.
Standards by Accreditation Program
COA Standards for Private, Public, and Canadian Organizations
COA Standards for Private, Public, and Canadian organizations reflect the administrative structure and service delivery of organizations that provide social and behavioral health care services.
COA Standards for Military and Family Readiness Programs
COA Standards for Military and Family Readiness Programs reflect the administrative structure and service delivery of programs provided to service members and their families on military installations.
COA Standards for Child and Youth Development Programs
COA Standards for Child and Youth Development Programs reflect a comprehensive, yet program-specific, set of quality standards for Early Childhood Education, After School and Youth Development program accreditation.
Hague Accreditation and Approval Standards
The Hague Accreditation and Approval Standards are a formatted version of the final rule issued by the Department of State on the accreditation and approval of agencies and persons in accordance with the 1993 Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption.