Through the Severson Center, the Alliance for Children and Families provides members with unmatched support during the accreditation and reaccreditation process. Members also receive a discount from the Council on Accreditation (COA).
As a benefit of membership, the Severson Center offers free access to DocuShare, a web-based database containing more than 10,000 COA self-study documents submitted by Alliance members. These documents provide models that are useful in devising or refining similar policies as part of the accreditation or reaccreditation process.
Use this online information request form to request specific information from our collection of member-provided sample COA documents.
Because the Alliance is a COA-sponsoring organization, members receive a 25 percent discount on the accreditation fee.
- An introduction to the accreditation process
- Rationale behind the Eighth Edition Standards
- A searchable database of tools for navigating accreditation
- "Becoming Accredited: Myths and Misconceptions," by Rochelle Haimes. Alliance for Children & Families Magazine, Issue 1–2009.
- "Preparing for COA Review Under the Eighth Edition Standards: Challenges on the Road to Accreditation," by Joseph P. Naughton-Travers. Open Minds, August 2007.
This article is available through DocuShare. Request a copy by referencing article #1488 on the Severson Center request form.
Contact the Alliance Severson Center with any questions or for more information.
In 2008, the Alliance became the first national nonprofit membership association to gain accreditation. In 2012, the organization was re-accredited. The Alliance, along with several other organizations, also helped found the Council on Accreditation in 1977.