Re-Accreditation to Demonstrate Accountability and Best Practices.
November 15, 2019 – Children’s Home Society of North Carolina has achieved national re-accreditation through the New York-based Council on Accreditation (COA). Children’s Home Society (CHS) provides a broad spectrum of services including foster care and adoption, post-adoption, family preservation, parenting education, male responsibility and teen pregnancy prevention, and youth-led support and advocacy for youth in foster care. Organizations pursue accreditation to demonstrate the implementation of best-practice standards in the field of human services. COA evaluated all aspects of the Children’s Home Society’s programs, services, management, and administration. CHS was among the first organizations to be accredited by COA in the 1980’s.
COA accreditation is an objective, independent, and reliable validation of an agency’s performance. The COA accreditation process involves a detailed review and analysis of an organization’s administration, management, and service delivery functions against international standards of best practice. The standards driving accreditation to ensure that services are well-coordinated, culturally competent, evidence-based, outcomes-oriented and provided by a skilled and supported workforce. COA accreditation demonstrates accountability in the management of resources, sets standardized best practice thresholds for service and administration, and increases organizational capacity and accountability by creating a framework for ongoing quality improvement.
“Accreditation is an important indicator that CHS operates with high standards and uses current best practices – in all aspects of our work – from our accounting, human resources, facilities, governance, and every program area,” said Rebecca Starnes, CHS Vice President of Programs and Quality Improvement. “CHS is continually focused on doing great work for all of our clients.”
Last year Children’s Home Society served more than 18,000 North Carolina children and families in its mission to promote the right of every child to a permanent, safe, and loving family. This included providing a safe haven for more than 870 children with foster care families, giving 203 children a permanent family to call their own through adoption, and providing educational services to nearly 13,000 teens, parents, and professionals.
Founded in 1977, COA is an independent, not-for-profit accreditor of the full continuum of community-based behavioral health care and social service organizations in the United States and Canada. Over 2,000 organizations — voluntary, public, and proprietary; local and statewide; large and small — have either successfully achieved COA accreditation or are currently engaged in the process. Presently, COA has a total of 47 service standards that are applicable to over 125 different types of programs. To learn more about COA, please visit www.COAnet.org.
Since 1902, Children’s Home Society has been one of North Carolina’s leading resources ensuring that every child has a permanent, safe, and loving family. CHS works with public social service agencies and many community partners to help parents create a safe, positive setting for children to grow and thrive, to preserve families, and when necessary, to provide children with a healthy family setting through foster care or adoption. CHS is committed to our vision of being a leader in transforming families and communities so children can thrive. CHS staff and programs serve children and families in all 100 North Carolina counties each year. For more information, please visit www.chsnc.org.