Private Organization Accreditation
Debt Education and Certification Foundation (DECAF), a private non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, provides high-quality financial education and counseling, with nationwide outreach throughout the U.S. DECAF is HUD-approved, and recognized as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in Texas.
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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.
Use the links below to learn more about how COA's standards are formatted, developed, and assessed.
Format and Structure of COA Standards
For a complete overview of the structure, format, and individual components that make up COA's standards, take COA's self-paced training, The Format and Structure of COA's Accreditation Standards.
Standards Development Process
Standards development is a multistage process designed to keep COA's standards relevant and up-to-date. Learn more about COA's standards development process.
The Rating Indicators assist in evaluating an organization's implementation of standards by defining each of the ratings on COA's four-point rating scale. While designed primarily for the onsite review team, the Rating Indicators can be a powerful self-assessment tool for organizations seeking accreditation.
For more information, check out our launch announcement and view the introductory video below.
Standards by Accreditation Program
COA Standards for Private, Public, and Canadian Organizations
COA Standards for Military Family Readiness Programs
COA Standards for Military Family Readiness Programs reflect the administrative structure and service delivery of Military programs designed to promote the readiness and wellbeing of service members and their families.
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.