Sponsors & Partners

Our standards and process remain relevant because of our strong connections within the field. If your organization is interested in creating partnerships and collaborating on new initiatives that support COA’s mission, please contact:

Michael De Cicco, VP of External Relations & Communications.

Sponsoring Organizations

COA Sponsoring Organizations are separately incorporated, nonprofit national membership bodies comprised of organizations that provide services that are accredited by COA.

Each Sponsoring Organization is represented on COA’s Sponsor Advisory Council (SAC), which provides feedback on COA’s standards and processes. The SAC also holds five seats on COA’s Board of Trustees.

Note: Members of Sponsoring Organizations receive a 25% discount on the accreditation fee for COA’s private, public, and home study accreditation processes!

Alliance for Strong Families and Communities (Founding Sponsor)


The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities’ mission is to strengthen the capacities and influence of its national network of high-impact nonprofit human serving organizations, so that together they may pursue our vision of a healthy society and strong communities for all children, adults, and families.

Association of Children’s Residential Centers


The Association of Children’s Residential Centers (ACRC) brings professionals together to advance the frontiers of knowledge pertaining to the spectrum of therapeutic living environments for children and adolescents with behavioral health disorders.

Child Welfare League of America (Founding Sponsor)


The Child Welfare League of America leads and engages its network of public and private agencies and partners to advance policies, best practices, and collaborative strategies that result in better outcomes for vulnerable children, youth, and families.

Children's Home Society of America


Children’s Home Society of America (CHSA) is a national voice for change that works for children. Grounded in more than a century of experience using proven programs, CHSA is uniquely positioned to be a responsive advocate and leader for improving futures for children and families in America.

Family Focused Treatment Association


The Family Focused Treatment Association (FFTA) strengthens agencies that support families caring for vulnerable children. FFTA is an agency-led organization of treatment foster care providers, established in 1988 with an initial purpose of defining and refining Treatment Foster Care practices. The Association’s membership is composed of agencies throughout North America that currently operate treatment foster care programs. Organizations that are not direct service providers, but have an interest in the field, hold affiliate membership status. FFTA is assisted by recognized researchers and policy-makers in the fields of child welfare and mental health.

Lutheran Services in America


Lutheran Services in America (LSA) creates opportunities with people in thousands of communities throughout the United States and the Caribbean as an alliance of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, and their over 300 health and human service organizations. Working neighbor-to-neighbor through services in health care, aging and disability supports, community development, housing, and child and family strengthening, these organizations together touch the lives of one in 50 Americans each year and have aggregated annual incomes over $16.6 billion.

National Council for Adoption


Founded in 1980, the National Council for Adoption (NCFA) is an adoption advocacy nonprofit that promotes a culture of adoption through education, research, and legislative action.

National Council for Behavioral Health


The National Council for Behavioral Health is the unifying voice of America’s health care organizations that deliver mental health and addictions treatment and services. Together with their 3,326 member organizations serving over 10 million adults, children and families living with mental illnesses and addictions, the National Council is committed to all Americans having access to comprehensive, high-quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery.

National Foundation for Credit Counseling


The National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC®) is the nation’s largest and longest-serving nonprofit financial counseling organization. The NFCC’s mission is to promote the national agenda for financially responsible behavior and build capacity for its members to deliver the highest-quality financial education and counseling services.

National Network for Youth


The mission of National Network for Youth (NN4Y) is to connect and champion the needs of runaway, homeless, and other disconnected youth through their “TOOLBOX”, which includes advocacy, innovation, community building and services.

National Organization of State Associations for Children


The National Organization of State Associations for Children’s (NOSAC) purpose and mission is to facilitate networking and to share information among its member associations.  On a national level, it coordinates its issues with other National Organizations and provide uncompromising leadership. State associations include:

The Arizona Council of Human Service Providers

California Alliance of Child and Family Services

Colorado Association of Family and Children’s Agencies

Council of Family Service Agencies (Connecticut)

Consortium for Child Welfare (District of Columbia)

Florida Coalition for Children

Together Georgia

Illinois Collaboration On Youth

Indiana Association of Resources and Child Advocacy

Coalition for Family and Children Services in Iowa

Children’s Alliance of Kansas

The Children’s Alliance (Kentucky)

Maryland Association of Resources for Family & Youth

Louisiana Association of Children and Family Agencies

Children’s League of Massachusetts

Michigan Federation for Children and Families

AspireMN (Minnesota)

Mississippi Association of Child Caring Agencies (MACCA)

Missouri Coalition of Children’s Agencies

New Jersey Alliance for Children, Youth and Families

Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies (New York)

Benchmarks (North Carolina)

Ohio Children’s Alliance

Oregon Alliance of Children’s Programs

Palmetto Association for Children and Families (South Carolina)

Pennsylvania Council of Children, Youth & Family Services

Rhode Island Coalition for Children and Families

Tennessee Alliance for Children and Families (TN Alliance) 

Texas Alliance of Child and Family Services

Washington Association for Children & Families

West Virginia Child Care Association

Wisconsin Association of Family & Children’s Agencies

Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies


The Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies was formed in May 2017 when the two leading Jewish services associations – the Association of Jewish Family and Children’s Agencies (AJFCA) and the International Association of Jewish Vocational Services (IAJVS) – joined forces. The Network is an international membership association of more than 140 nonprofit human service agencies in the United States, Canada and Israel. Its members provide a full range of human services for the Jewish community and beyond, including healthcare, career, employment and mental health services, as well as programs for youth, families and seniors, Holocaust survivors, immigrants and refugees, persons with disabilities and caregivers. The Network strives to be the leading voice for the Jewish human service sector. As the go-to resource for advocacy, best practices, innovation and research, partnerships and collaborations, The Network strengthens agencies so they can better serve their communities.

Volunteers of America


Volunteers of America is a movement organized to reach and uplift all people and bring them to the knowledge and active service of God. VOA serves people and communities in need and creates opportunities for people to experience the joy of serving others.

Our Supporting Organizations

COA Supporting Organizations are separately incorporated, not-for-profit organizations with purpose and value statements that are consistent with that of COA’s. Supporting organizations have an interest and means to promote best practice and the meeting of standards by social and human service providers.

Partner Organizations

We partner with a range of organizations around a variety of projects, including standards development, research, advocacy, government relations, and promotion of best practices in organizational performance and service delivery.