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"Boys Town has been involved with COA for over 20 years. When we started with COA we were participating in two other accreditation activities and found COA to suit our needs well. While all the accreditations provided some good thought, COA in particular had standards that were well suited to establishing effective systems that promote positive youth outcomes. In the end, this is what is most important to us at Boys Town."

 - Jeff Peterson, MPA

   Executive Director Boys Town Home Campus

The COA Difference

COA's Private Organization Accreditation process involves the review and accreditation of the entire organization. The process consists of a detailed review and analysis of both an organization's administrative operations and all of its service delivery practices for which COA has an applicable Service Standard

An Accreditation Coordinator who assists the organization throughout the process

Four-year accreditation

User-friendly, online process

Process typically takes 12-18 months

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