Private Organization Accreditation
Lutheran Social Services of New England is a high-performing nonprofit organization. LSS is a powerful difference maker and go-to resource, driving ourselves to constantly anticipate futures that are different from the past. For 140 years, LSS has been caring for people in need in New England.
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Holy Family Institute
Sister Linda Yankoski, President/CEO
The Council On Accreditation provides all stakeholders involved in the delivery of social services the assurance that the organization is credible, effective, and is committed to quality improvement. The COA process is an important tool for anyone involved in leading an organization to establish best practices and maintaining and updating these practices over time.
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.
Assessment and Rating
Learn how COA's Onsite Review Teams assess implementation and rate standards during the Site Visit with the COA Rating Indicator Legends.
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 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.