We did it! After over a year of pursuing our national accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitative Facilities (CARF), we received our approval letter on May 9th confirming we received our accreditation for the maximum period allowed, three years.
We worked hard to get all of our policies and practices in compliance with over 2,000 CARF standards. It was a challenging task with staff agency-wide participating in the project. Many thanks to our key leadership staff, Janet Kleyn and Cheryl Youngblood, for guiding the agency through this process and to Doug Mead, our pro-bono consultant for this endeavor.
Zen Gee and Barbara Dorsett, CARF representatives, met with us on April 4-6. They spoke very highly about Agape at their exit meeting. They made comments such as the following. “We don’t often see first year applicant agencies doing this well with the CARF process. You are way ahead of the game as a first-time agency. You are truly a pillar in your community. We commend all of you in this process and it is evident you definitely made a commitment to CARF.”
We must continue to comply with their standards as we will be reviewed every three years for ongoing compliance and re-certification. Agape Villages’ President, Janet Kleyn, states: “Achieving accreditation was long and hard, but we have a great sense of pride in knowing we comply with best practice standards in our industry. The children in our care deserve no less.”
We received a letter from CARF’s President/CEO, Brian Boon, Ph.D., who said the following:
“It is my pleasure to inform you that Agape Villages Foster Family Agency has been issued CARF accreditation based on its recent survey. This achievement is an indication of your organization’s dedication and commitment to improving the quality of the lives of the persons served.”
We are thrilled to reach this milestone! We hope this “seal of approval” also strengthens our already good reputation and relationship with external stakeholders and the communities in which we operate!