Beaufort, SC February 1, 2017:
The Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA) has once again achieved national accreditation through the New York-based Council on Accreditation (COA). CAPA provides the following services: community-based outreach, parent education and support, adolescent pregnancy prevention, and the Open Arms Home for Abused and Neglected Children. Organizations pursue accreditation to demonstrate the implementation of best practice standards in the field of human services. COA evaluated all aspects of CAPA’s programs, services, management, and administration.
COA accreditation is an objective, independent, and reliable validation of an agency’s performance. The COA accreditation process involves a detailed review and analysis of an organization’s administration, management, and service delivery functions against international standards of best practice. The standards driving accreditation ensure that services are well-coordinated, culturally competent, evidence-based, outcomes-oriented, and provided by a skilled and supported workforce. COA accreditation demonstrates accountability in the management of resources, sets standardized best practice thresholds for service and administration, and increases organizational capacity and accountability by creating a framework for ongoing quality improvement.
To achieve COA accreditation, CAPA first provided written evidence of compliance with the COA standards. Thereafter, a group of specially trained volunteer Peer Reviewers confirmed adherence to these standards during a series of on-site interviews with trustees, staff and clients.
Based on their findings, COA’s volunteer-based Accreditation Commission voted that the Child Abuse Prevention Association had successfully met the criteria for accreditation.
An endorsement of COA and the value of its accreditation process is reflected in it being 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. In addition, COA is the only national accreditor designated by the U.S. Department of Defense to develop accreditation standards and processes for human service programs provided to military personnel and their families.
Founded in 1977, COA is an independent, not-for-profit accreditor of the full continuum of community-based behavioral health care and social service organizations in the United States and Canada. Over 2,000 organizations — voluntary, public, and proprietary; local and statewide; large and small — have either successfully achieved COA accreditation or are currently engaged in the process. Presently, COA has a total of 47 service standards that are applicable to over 125 different types of programs. To learn more about COA, please visit www.COAnet.org.
The Child Abuse Prevention Association has been providing services to children and families of the Lowcountry since 1981.
This year we were able to provide gifts to 337 local children!Please contact the CAPA office, 843.524.4350, if you’d like to host an Angel Tree in 2014.
Each year, CAPA’s Angel Tree program provides gifts for hundreds of local children. The participating children are either residents of CAPA’s Open Arms Shelter, Beaufort County foster children, have an open treatment case with DSS, are in the Youth Advocacy Program, are part of ACCESS Network, or their caregivers are participating in CAPA’s parenting programs.
Each child may ask for three items ($25 limit per item) or one big item (ex: bicycle). To help, pick up a tag, fulfill the wish and return the unwrapped item to the tree location.
We would like to thank all of the businesses and organizations that made the 2013 Angel Tree program a huge success!
AHTNA Technical Service, Beaufort & Port Royal Weddings & Events, Belfair Women’s Group, Belk Beaufort, Berkeley Hall Club, Bluffton Gardeners, CAPA’s Closet, Carolina Moving & Storage, Coldwell Banker Platinum Partners, Ferguson Bath Kitchen and Lighting Gallery, First (Scots) Independent Presbyterian Church, Gilligan’s Seafood Restaurant, Hampton Hall Book Club, Lady’s Island Garden Club, Lowcountry Bicycles, Lowcountry Day Preschool & Camp, Lulu Burgess, Main Street Café, Oldfield Club, Port Royal Fire Department, Red Cedar Elementary teachers, Riverview Baptist Church, Rotary Club of the Lowcountry, Sea Pines Montessori, Sea Pines Resort, Simply Southern, St. Peter’s Catholic School 5th Graders, Technical College of the Lowcountry, The Hair Designers, The Owners Club of Hilton Head, The Preserve at Port Royal, Truffles at Belfair, USCB, and Walmart Beaufort.
Founded in New Mexico in 2001, the Heart Gallery is a national project that uses the power of photography to find homes for children lingering in foster care. More than 100 groups in 48 states provide public awareness of the need for adoptive families and more importantly help find permanent families for individual children. Families are moved by the beauty and uniqueness of each child as revealed in the portraits. As a direct result, many children have been adopted. Heart Gallery photographers present the children in a way that a description alone never could!
Formed in 2005, the South Carolina Heart Gallery is a collaborative program administered and supported by the Children’s Foster Care Review Board – Office of the Governor and the South Carolina Department of Social Services. This unique partnership enhances adoption recruitment opportunities for waiting children. Local photographers donate their services to provide portraits of the children, which are displayed in public venues around the state.
This year we were able to provide gifts to 302 local children!Please contact the CAPA office, 843.524.4350, if you’d like to host a Wish Tree in 2013.
Each year, CAPA’s Christmas Wish Tree program provides gifts for hundreds of local children. The participating children are either residents of CAPA’s Open Arms Shelter, Beaufort County foster children, have an open treatment case with DSS, are in the Youth Advocacy Program, are part of ACCESS Network, or their caregivers are participating in CAPA’s parenting programs.
Each child may ask for three items ($25 limit per item) or one big item (ex: bicycle). To help, pick up a tag, fulfill the wish and return the unwrapped item to the tree location. Participating tree locations include:
North of the Broad:
Lulu Burgess, Wal-Mart, Simply Southern, Gilligan’s, The Preserve at Port Royal, and Belk.
South of the Broad:
Truffles, Hilton Head Humane Society, and Main Street Café & Pub.
Thank you to Belfair, Berkeley Hall, USCB, Sea Pines, the Owner’s Club of Hilton Head, Parris Island and MCAS Air Station for taking additional tags for their residents, members, students and staff.