COA National Conference 2012

Sometimes things really do seem to come full circle. That was the feeling I had last week while attending the Council on Accreditation (COA) National Conference. This conference is held once every three years and the last time, 2009, I was employed as the Director of Volunteer Services and Accreditation Commission for COA and directly […]

Accreditation: Critical to Higher Education

In recent weeks the topic of colleges and universities in danger of losing their accredited status has received a great deal of news coverage. Why is this such a hot topic lately and why does it matter? It is a hot topic because of two major announcements. First, City College of San Francisco (CCSF) was […]

Planning for a new software purchase

When looking for software to assist social services, one has to be careful on how the task is approached because the initial way the search done can dictate the success of the whole process, including events as far out as implementation and use of the software. So before beginning a search, keep the following key […]

Intro to Hague Intercountry Adoption Accreditation

If looking to adopt a child from outside of the US, how can you be sure that the child is, in fact, eligible for adoption and that the agency with which you are working is conducting business in an ethical manner? One way is to work exclusively with an adoption agency that is “Hague accredited.” […]

Volunteers Working to End Hunger

On Sunday, March 11th, 365 volunteers came together at the Pequannock Valley Middle School in Pompton Plains, NJ to package 59,000 meals in a little over 3 hours. That is nearly 20,000 meals per hour or 327 meals per minute! Why did these volunteers come together and where are these meals going? Volunteers were middle […]

The CWLA Experience

Last week I attended the Child Welfare League of America’s (CWLA) National Conference in Washington, DC as an exhibitor. The title of the conference was “Making Children a Priority: Leading Change” and was attended by more than 700 CEOs, directors, social workers, and other leaders in the fields of adoption, foster care and other child […]

The Joy of Consulting

Some people envision the joy of consulting as being project diversity, flexible hours or working from home (with your dog sleeping next to you) and the best reasons to become a consultant. While these certainly are some great benefits (and my Giant Schnauzer, Cooper, would agree), I find the true joy in consulting to be […]

Remember to Say Please and Thank You

“Did you remember to thank Mr. Jones for the birthday gift?” “Did I hear a ‘please’ when you asked for the milk to be passed?” We all recall our parents giving us these reminders when we were little, don’t we? I certainly do and I see parents frequently trying to teach their children the importance […]

How to Prepare for Accreditation; Becoming nationally accredited

Two of the benefits of becoming nationally accredited are the commitment that is made to quality improvement and the documentation of critical administration, management and service delivery policies and procedures. An organization may pay thousands of dollars to an accrediting body and needs to assign personnel to the 12 – 18 month process of becoming […]

What is Accreditation?

What is accreditation?  This is an important question to answer for anyone who will be following this blog. Essentially, accreditation is a type of certification process.  An accrediting body or “accreditor” is one which establishes written standards against which other organizations or “accreditees” are measured and eventually certified or “accredited”.  The broad purpose of accreditation […]