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Catholic Charities Receives Top Ranking From Charity Navigator
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois recently received notification that the agency has been reaccredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) through June 2017, according to a formal announcement made to Steven E. Roach, Catholic Charities Executive Director.
The COA accreditation process involves a thorough examination of the agency's compliance with best practice standards. The process includes a review of organizational standards, including human resources, financial and risk management, and continuous quality improvement, as well as numerous program and service standards. The service standards address a full array of social services, including counseling, family preservation and volunteer outreach programs, such as Decatur's Faith in Action.
“Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is proud to join COA's Community of Excellence that includes 1,500 private and public organizations that serve over 7,000,000 children, individuals, and families in the USA and Canada,” said Roach. “COA accreditation attests that Catholic Charities meets the highest national standards and is delivering the best quality services in communities where we serve.” He indicated that Catholic Charities was first accredited by the Council on Accreditation in 2000.
“COA’s mission is to promote best ¬practice standards, champion quality services for children, youth and families, and advocate for the value of accreditation,” states Richard Klarberg, President and CEO of the Council on Accreditation. The organization is an international, independent, not-for-profit accrediting body established in 1977, as an accrediting body of social and behavioral healthcare services. It is endorsed by leading consumer and professional groups and by many regulatory bodies and managed care organizations. COA is sponsored by a number of charitable organizations, including the Alliance for Children and Families, Catholic Charities USA, Lutheran Services in America, National Council For Adoption, and Prevent Child Abuse America.