• How AFS Pivoted to Accommodate In-person Visitation During COVID-19

    Too often great ideas are kept in-house without recognizing their potential to create change beyond 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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  • Creating Empathy in the Workplace to Provide Better Services

    A big thank you to Catholic Charities of Buffalo, New York for this guest post! We at Catholic Charities Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program believe that empathy can create positive change,

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  • The Secret Lives of the Self-Study

    Self-Study . The collection of evidence that COA-accredited organizations put together prior to their Site Visit that shows how they are implementing best practice standards. We at COA know that generating the Self-Study is a both a challenging

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  • Supporting Domestic Violence Survivors by Welcoming Pets

    October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. An estimated one in three women and one in four men experience some form of domestic abuse over the course of their lives.  For those in a physical, emotional, or sexually abusive relationship,

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  • 30 Days to Family®: Hear from the 2018 Innovative Practices Award Winner

    Too often great ideas are kept in-house without recognizing their potential to create change beyond the communities where they are born. COA’s Innovative Practices Award (IPA) identifies, documents, and celebrates examples of successful

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