The Council on Accreditation (COA) Calls for Comments to Support Trauma-Informed Care for Undocumented Migrant Children

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COA issues a statement and calls for human service providers to comment on the withdrawal of the Flores Settlement Agreement ahead of November 6th deadline for public comment.

The Council on Accreditation is dedicated to evidence-based practices as the standard of care, which includes being trauma-informed. We hope to see this reflected in all policies that affect children, including those in this country without prior legal authorization.

COA, a leader in the field of human services, reinforces the importance of providing trauma-informed services for undocumented migrant children in time for the public comment period that ends November 6, 2018.

The statement raises awareness of the public comment period and highlights best practice to shift the conversation towards providing children with care rooted in research, including the care philosophies exemplified by the Family First Preservations Services Act. COA sees this as an opportunity to advocate for the best care for children in Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) custody and asks that other stakeholders participate as well.

“The Council on Accreditation is dedicated to evidence-based practices as the standard of care, which includes being trauma-informed. We hope to see this reflected in all policies that affect children, including those in this country without prior legal authorization,” noted Richard Klarberg, president & CEO of COA.

Interested parties can learn more about COA’s intent to comment by reading the statement on COA’s blog.

Founded in 1977, COA is an independent, nonprofit, international accreditor of community-based behavioral health and social service organizations. Designed to meet the needs of the varied human services field, COA accredits over 55 different service areas and over 125 types of programs. They have separate Accreditation Programs for private organizations, public agencies, Canadian organizations, military programs, and children and youth development programs (including after school and early childhood education). Learn more at http://www.COAnet.org.

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