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St. Catherine's Receives COA Re-Accreditation

St. Catherine's Receives COA Re-Accreditation

We always knew our staff was the best, working hard to provide services for children and families. Now that assessment has been backed up by the Council on Accreditation (COA). We are pleased to announce that COA has re-accredited St. Catherine's Center for Children.

COA President and CEO Jody Levison-Johnson congratulated St. Catherine's on the achievement, noting that it demonstrates St. Catherine’s "...is recognized as a provider that continues to successfully implement high performance standards, and is delivering the highest quality services to all of its stakeholders."

COA is an international and independent human service accrediting organization. Founded in 1977 by the Child Welfare League of America and Family Service America (now the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities), their mission is to partner with human service agencies around the world to improve service delivery outcomes by developing, applying, and promoting accreditation standards.

Re-accreditation by COA is the culmination of a lengthy, top-to-bottom review process. The process began with a detailed self-study—a comprehensive review of programs, services and procedures—submitted by St. Catherine's to the Council on Accreditation. The self-review was followed by a site visit from a COA review team. The team reviewed records and interviewed staff, clients, board members and other stakeholders. Results of the on-site report served as the basis for St. Catherine’s re-accreditation.

St. Catherine’s was first accredited by COA in 1992, and has been accredited ever since. Re-accreditation occurs about every four years.