The Bair Foundation Achieves National Re-Accreditation

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The Bair Foundation has achieved national re-accreditation through the New York-based Council on Accreditation (COA) for the fourth time.

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The Bair Foundation

Bair's foster care program was very impressive.

The Bair Foundation received exceptional scores when chosen offices, staff, and services were evaluated. Some of the comments the peer reviewers made were “The foster care program is very impressive”, “In-Home Services were awesome”, “we are very impressed with your mental health staff that are very enthusiastic and professional”, “staff and families are very passionate about what they do”, “H.R. Department was exceptional”, “finances are well-managed” and “ethics were higher than most non-profits.”

A special “Thanks” was given to Sheila Palonen, Director of Program Standards for all the hard work she put into the process & preparation that took months.

The Bair Foundation is a national organization that has successfully cared for and treated children, teens and families for over 47 years. With 31 offices in 9 states, it offers a myriad of community based services which include Structured Intervention Treatment Foster Care, Traditional Foster Care, Adoption Services, Medically-Needy Foster Care, Independent Living Services, Parent Empowerment Program, B.E.S.T. Program, Wraparound Services, In-Home Services, Assessment Home, and Outpatient Services. The Bair Foundation was initially accredited by COA in 2002 and has undergone the re-accreditation process in 2006, 2010 and 2014.

Organizations pursue accreditation to demonstrate the implementation of best practice standards in the field of human services. COA evaluated all aspects of [The Bair Foundation’s programs, services, management, and administration. COA accreditation is an objective, independent, and reliable validation of an agency’s performance. 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, The Bair Foundation 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 Bair Foundation had successfully met the criteria for re-accreditation.

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Dorie Alcaro
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