CFSSWMI Recognized for High Performance Standards


Council on Accreditation Certifies Reaccreditation


BENTON HARBOR, MICHIGAN (01-23-2014) – The Council on Accreditation (COA) has notified Child & Family Services of Southwestern Michigan, Inc. (CFSSWMI) that the agency has been reaccredited.   COA President and CEO Richard Klarberg has stated that, “Reaccreditation is a tremendous achievement, demonstrating that CFSSWMI is recognized as a provider that continues to successfully implement high performance standards and, as such, is delivering the highest quality services to all of its stakeholders.”


The COA reaccreditation process is an objective and reliable verification that involves a detailed review and analysis of both an organization’s administrative operations and its service delivery practices.  All are measured against national standards of best practice, emphasizing services that are accessible, appropriate, culturally responsive, evidence based, and outcomes-oriented.   In addition, they confirm that the services are provided by a skilled and supported workforce and that all individuals are treated with dignity and respect.


Warren W. Washington, Executive Director of CFSSWMI, commented that, “COA reviews and reaccredits the entire organization and not just specific programs.   Reaccreditation provides service recipients and community partners a seal of confidence about the credibility, integrity and achievement of our entire organization.”  He added “We are pleased to share the news of reaccreditation with our stakeholders, including our clients, funders, donors and regulatory bodies.  Much appreciation is due to our board and staff who worked hard over the past several months to achieve reaccreditation and who continue to meet high standards on a daily basis for the benefit of our clients.”


COA, with headquarters in New York City, is an international, independent, not-for-profit, child-and-family service and behavioral healthcare accrediting organization.  It was founded in 1977 by the Child Welfare League of America and Family Service America (now the Alliance for Children and Families).  COA currently accredits 50 different service areas and over 125 types of programs.


CFSSWMI originated locally in 1891 as the National Children's Home Society for the District of Michigan.   Programs and services offered have changed periodically as new community needs were identified.  Today, CFSSWMI is a full-service agency serving children, families and adults to the people living in Berrien, Cass and Van Buren counties.