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How Do We Prepare for the Worst? The Story of the Disaster Recovery Case Management Standards

Mass Shootings are on the rise. Looking at the time period of 2000 to 2015, active shooter incidents have more than doubled in the second half of that period. The solution for this is hotly contested, with both sides digging their heels in the ground leaving us at a standstill and while it may offer us that inch of prevention we so desperately need, reeling communities are currently in need for pounds and pounds of cure. The purpose of COA’s Disaster Recovery Case Management standards is to support an organization’s ability to coordinate the necessary resources to help communities create a sustainable recovery. 

How to Engage Staff in the Accreditation Process

The accreditation process is most valuable when staff throughout the agency are engaged, but this isn't always easy. Harris County Protective Services for Children and Adults shares the fun, interactive methods they used to promote the culture of COA and gain staff buy-in. “We wanted to do something different and FUN that would appeal to our two majority generations in the agency identified from our annual staff survey: millennials and baby boomers.”

My Journey as a COA Volunteer

Stan Capela shares some of his most memorable experiences over the last 22 years traveling around the country conducting COA Site Visits, "I have many more stories and these are just a few - they're easy to come by as a Peer Reviewer because the role is about interacting with people and observing inspiring teamwork. When I conduct an entrance meeting, I start by saying 'I know this is a lot of work, but we’ll get through it together.' I tell them that the Site Visit is an opportunity to invite people into their home and share their world, and that we are a family of helpers who have dedicated our lives to helping people in need. Going through the accreditation process is a chance to affirm what we do."

The Story of a Standard: Updated Child & Youth Development Standards, An Ode to Afterschool

For Kimo Richardson, February is the perfect month to write about our release of updated standards for afterschool programs/services. Among the really important things we celebrate this month is love, and as COA's Director of Child and Youth Development Program Accreditation, Kimo loves the afterschool field! He's  spent more than 15 years in the field and continue to be inspired by the creative methods used by organizations and the commitment of staff to helping youth learn and thrive. In this article, Kimo tells the story of devloping the standards and explores the "big ideas" incorporated throughout the udpates.

Children's Aid Society of Alabama - 32 Years of Wisdom

At the Council on Accreditation (COA) we are continuously inspired by the work and dedication of the staff at our accredited organizations and their voracity to provide unparalleled services to their clients. In honor of COA’s 40th anniversary, we would like to highlight Children’s Aid Society of Alabama (CAS), an organization that has partnered with COA for many years and continues to reap the benefits of the accreditation process.