Find out how 30 Days to Family® is leading the charge to create stability for kids in the chaotic world of foster care.
How does a multi-state organization that serves a diverse group of clients create marketing materials with consistent branding for 100+ programs hosting 100+ events per year? We interviewed Brandie Cain, Senior Communications Associate from the Hillside family of agencies, to find out.
Has all the buzz around National Foster Care Month inspired you to think about becoming a foster parent yourself? Read on to find resources that can help you decide if one of these is a good fit.
COA now has a high-level introduction to PQI (or Performance and Quality Improvement) for anyone new to the concept. Check it out!
Thought provoking content designed to address the specific needs and curiosities of your community is the trail of breadcrumbs driving traffic to all of your assets, including your website. A blog allows an organization to demonstrate that it is a thought leader and offers an opportunity to be transparent about the organization’s opinions and processes, which helps to build credibility. It’s a cost-efficient way to share your mission beyond your current stakeholders, creating potential for new partnerships.
The accreditation process is a major project with a myriad of components. One way to be successful in your accreditation work is to use a project management approach, as it is critical to divide the required work into smaller, manageable steps. Here is a handy, step-by-step guide you can use to conceptualize the tasks that are on the horizon.
Previously we have acknowledged Volunteer Month by writing about starting a workplace volunteer initiative and had a guest post from one of our many wonderful volunteers. This year, we decided we wanted to get a bit more personal. How does COA staff connect with our own volunteer initiatives? What impact does it have on the communities we serve as well as our own? What can others learn from our story?
Last week I was offered the opportunity of a lifetime: to join the Council on Accreditation as the organization’s 6th President and CEO. As I have said to staff several times, I feel like the luckiest person alive. Leading COA is the realization of a lifelong dream to shape the human services field in ways that profoundly impact the lives of people in need.
For our first Profiles in Accreditation post, we asked Lad Lake President and CEO Daniel O. Magnuson, MA, MSW to share his thoughts on his organization’s journey through reaccreditation. He emphasized how accreditation provided a framework for operational success, as well as the importance of having the entire organization--including the board--engaged with the process.
A special message from COA’s President and CEO.
Improving service quality is the most important benefit of organizational accreditation. But from our experience, it is not the only benefit! Every time an organization completes the accreditation process, COA asks about its impact. Several themes have come out of our survey responses.
Jill Albanese, Supervisory Regional Coordinator at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), oversees providers of the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program. Jill graciously took time to explain how the VA’s recognition of COA accreditation played a role in them determining funding for these grantees.
We are proud of the hard work our team does here on the COA blog, Interpretation. As we kick off the new year, we want to highlight five posts from 2018 that exemplify what this blog is about: sharing best practices in human services, accreditation, and the issues impacting our community.
COA chatted with Jill Jacobs, Executive Director of the COA accredited organization Family Builders, about the success of their Youth Acceptance Project. The program is designed to keep LGBTQ youth safe in their family homes (family reunification/family preservation) and to advocate for safe and equitable permanency of LGBTQ youth when family reunification is not possible.
Accreditation is a journey. One with a clear destination, but a less defined path. There are mile markers along the way; however, there isn’t necessarily one straight, easy road to the finish line. If you are tasked with leading the accreditation process for your organization, you may not know where to start. This is where COA’s Accreditation Coordinators come in.
COA published its revised standards for Adoption Services. The release represents not only the culmination of our efforts to align our standards with current adoption practices, but also our long-term, ongoing commitment to adoption as an important option for families both here in the United States and abroad.
This post explores how environmental justice intersects with social services and how the environment impacts the communities we serve and is an important element to consider in our work.
Jayne Schmidt, Director of Hague Accreditation shares insight into the recent update to COA's adoption standards. She discusses streamlining the standards, keeping them relevant, and the emerging information about unique needs and effective practices that informed the process.