The Council on Accreditation Recognizes Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition as Winner of the 2018 Innovative Practice Award

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The Innovative Practice Award identifies, documents, and celebrates Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition as an example of successful approach to service delivery practices in the human services field.

Years of experimentation and rigorous evaluation have made the St. Louis-based Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition national experts in in the work of family-finding and relative connection.

COA would like to congratulate Foster Care Coalition of Greater St. Louis, Inc. dba Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition as winner of the 2018 Innovative Practices Award for its 30 Days to Family ® program.

The Innovative Practices Award identifies, documents, and celebrates examples of successful approaches to management and service delivery practices adopted by our accredited organizations. Too often great ideas are kept in-house, without recognizing their potential to create change beyond. The purpose of the Innovative Practices Award is to amplify the effect of one great idea by elevating it to the national stage and offering it as a resource for direct service providers, leadership, researchers, and advocates across the full spectrum of human services.

This year's evaluation process began with a preliminary round of submissions in which applicants provided a one-page synopsis of their innovative practice. Thereafter, a committee made up of COA volunteers and staff selected 6 finalists from over 45 submissions to move forward with a full case study. View a summary and full case study of 30 Days to Family ®.
Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition will showcase their innovative practice via a COA webinar and an article on COA’s blog.

Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition 30 Days to Family® program:

Years of experimentation and rigorous evaluation have made the St. Louis-based Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition national experts in in the work of family-finding and relative connection. 30 Days to Family® is a field-leading and effective response to the opioid epidemic and saves child welfare agencies at least $300,000 per year. The purpose of 30 days to Family® is to place children with relatives within 30 days of entering foster care. They do this by developing a family tree with an average of 150 relatives, identifying at least two placement options and helping the family create a plan for stability. It is currently being replicated in 17 sites around the country, in Missouri, Ohio, and Virginia. New York and Washington, DC will be online by the end of 2018.

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Founded in 1977, COA is a nonprofit accrediting body of over 2,200 behavioral health and social service organizations and programs in the US and Canada. In partnership with the human services field, COA researches and publishes best practice standards and engages organizations and programs in a comprehensive review with the goal of strengthening and improving their capacity, administration and management functions and service delivery. Standards are available free and online at http://www.COAnet.org.

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