We’re Accredited!

Helping Hands Achieves National Accreditation

HH and COA logosAfter 21 busy months, Helping Hands, Inc. has finally achieved national accreditation through the New York-based Council on Accreditation (COA)!

Organizations like ours pursue accreditation to demonstrate the intentional use (on our part) of best practice standards in the human services field.

Throughout the process, COA staff and volunteers completed a detailed review and analysis of our administration, management and service delivery against international best practice standards.

The standards driving accreditation ensure that services offered by places like Helping Hands are well-coordinated, culturally-competent, evidence-based, outcomes-oriented and are provided by both a skilled and supported workforce.

An endorsement by the COA and the value of its accreditation process is huge! The COA was named by the US State Department as “the sole national independent accrediting body under the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption to accredit intercountry adoption service providers.”

The COA is also the only national accreditor designated by the US Department of Defense to develop accreditation standards and processes for human service programs provided to military personnel and their families.

Since our agency is affiliated with, and considered a human services organization, applying for accreditation was a strategic move on our part to support and validate the services and programs we provide to the community.

To achieve accreditation, we first had to provide written evidence of compliance with the COA-based standards required of all of their applicants. Afterward, a group of specially-trained volunteer peer reviewers confirmed adherence to the standards through a series of interviews with various people affiliated with our organization.

Later, the COA’s Accreditation Commission determined and voted that we had successfully met their rigorous criteria.

“This important recognition is a crucial step in the growth of Helping Hands. Accreditation will open additional revenue streams and serve as an indicator of quality to the community and future funders,” stated Helping Hands Chief Executive Officer Carmen Landy.

Thank you to everyone who made this possible for our agency! We could not continue to care for children, youth and families in South Carolina without your help and continued support!

To learn more about COA, visit www.COAnet.org.

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Contact Helping Hands

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 503 - Aiken, SC 29802
Phone: (803) 648-3456
Fax: (803) 641-4161

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