Universal Accreditation Act Deadline is Only One Year Away

On July 14, 2014 a new law, the Intercountry Adoption Universal Accreditation Act (UAA), goes into effect requiring all agencies and persons providing intercountry adoption services to become Hague accredited. In the past, only those agencies and persons providing adoption services to/from the approximately 80 countries, that had enacted the Hague Convention on the Protection […]

National Conference on Volunteering and Service #NCVS

This year marked my fourth attendance at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service (NCVS), hosted by Points of Light. Held in Washington, DC NCVS once again brought together nearly 5,000 volunteer managers and service activists. For anyone interested in volunteering and promoting social good, I highly recommend NCVS as an educational (and fun!) conference. […]

Quality Improvement and Benchmarking

One of the central components of national accreditation is the focus on performance and quality improvement (PQI) programs. This is the process of collecting, aggregating and analyzing data to discover trends and patterns and make improvements (or expand upon achievements) where necessary. Behavioral health and human services organizations often collect data on key performance areas […]

Universal Accreditation for Intercounty Adoptions

Soon there will be a rush for all providers of intercountry adoption to become accredited. Why? Because President Obama signed the Intercountry Adoption Universal Accreditation Act on January 14, 2013. The bill will take effect 18 months after the date of enactment at which time all intercountry adoption agencies will have to be accredited in […]

Managing Risk through Accreditation

With Hurricane Sandy’s recent attack on the East Coast there is much talk about clean up, insurance claims and accounting for the whereabouts of friends, family and co-workers. What if you were not just responsible for yourself and immediate family members, but also for the direct care of vulnerable children, youth and individuals as are […]

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 […]