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WHO IS ACCREDITED?

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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VOLUNTEER TESTIMONIAL

Anita Paukovits

Volunteer Roles: Peer Reviewer

Being a COA peer reviewer has clearly played a role in my professional development and has made me a better administrator at my own agency as a result!  To be part of a professional network that is on the cutting edge of program, practice, fiscal responsibility, and insuring Best Practice across the field is an amazing opportunity.
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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.

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 and Family Readiness Programs
COA Standards for Military and 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.

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