All members of the California Alliance have been accredited by, or are in the process of being accredited by, an Alliance recognized national accrediting body including CARF International, the Council on Accreditation (COA) or the Joint Commission.

Accreditation is a total evaluation of an agency’s operating systems. Review teams include executives and specialized staff of similar organizations from around the nation who are guided by standards in the areas of governing body, finances, personnel, safety and the specific program(s).

The accreditation standards are based on sound theory and practice, and focus on the systems and procedures that are the essential elements of a healthy organization dedicated to the best interest of children and families.

While the Alliance does not believe that accreditation makes member agencies perfect, it has observed that accreditation provides a valuable management tool for executives seeking to improve both mature agencies and develop younger agencies, as well as, elevate programs to the benefit of children and families.

The California Alliance is proud of the reputation for quality earned by our members over the years, and accreditation is an important part of building and burnishing both reputation and services.. 

For questions regarding accreditation, please contact Corina Dubon, Membership and Outreach Manager, at [email protected].


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National Accrediting Organizations

CARF International
Contact: Leslie Ellis-Lang, Managing Director of Child and Youth Services
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (808) 281-6531, ext. 7162


Council on Accreditation (COA)
Joe Perrow, Business Development and External Relations Strategist

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 212/871-1972

Accreditation Information: Accreditation | Council on Accreditation (



The Joint Commission
Elizabeth Melchiorre
Email: [email protected]

Guide to Accreditation
Free Trial of our Accreditation Requirements
Why Choose the Joint Commission
Guide to the On-site Survey


Organizations that can help you through the accreditation process:


Accreditation Guru - Jennifer Flowers
Contact: Jennifer Flowers, President
Email: [email protected] 
Phone: (212) 945-8504 

Ten Steps to Selecting an Accrediting Body

Accreditation — Are you prepared?

Strategic Planning and Board Development