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  • Tips for Virtual Reviews

    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, COA made adaptations to the Site Visit, a foundational part of the

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  • Alternative Family Services wins COA’s 2020 Innovative Practices Award

    COA would like to congratulate Alternative Family Services (AFS), a Resource Family Agency and mental health service provider serving Northern California, as winner of the 2020 Innovative Practices Award for its “Enhanced Visitation Model: Foster

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  • Social Distancing and COVID-19 Safety at Work: A Roundup of Resources

    As we head into winter with the pandemic still raging, we wish our entire COA community health and safety. We know that many of our organizations provide essential services and have quickly implemented practices to reduce the spread of COVID-19. On

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  • Healthy Aging: Multi-Generational Families and the Role of Grandparent Caregivers in 2020

    2020 has been a year of unexpected challenges for many organizations, communities, and individuals.  One segment of the population that has been highly impacted by the challenges of the current pandemic is the older generation in the US.  We

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  • How Nonprofits are Navigating the Uncertainty of the Pandemic

    The most vulnerable members of society have also been the hardest hit by the ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic. The work of nonprofit organizations serving those populations continued largely uninterrupted over the past several

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  • How the Human and Social Service Community Navigates COVID-19

    Over the past few months, COVID-19 has forced many challenges and changes to the forefront. Our ability to meet them depends on the strength of our community.   In that spirit, COA reached out to our Sponsoring Organizations

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  • New Phased Accreditation Option for FFPSA Mandated Organizations

    The Council on Accreditation (COA) realizes that the current COVID-19 environment has presented organizations with a myriad of operational challenges as they continue to operate and provide services in this new environment.  This is even more

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  • Important update on Site Visits

    Virtual Review Options for Organizations In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and out of an abundance of caution, COA has postponed all scheduled Site Visits through June 30, 2020.  This is not a decision we made lightly, as the safety and

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  • Leading Change

    Recent events are inviting and requiring organizations to engage in change at a pace previously regarded as impossible. Leaders and teams are faced with creating an array of strategies that are creative, represent innovation, and will result in

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  • Communicating About COVID-19

    Since we began taking huge societal steps to flatten the curve and address our current public health crisis, my inbox has been flooded with emails from what seems like every retailer and  restaurant I have

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