Nov. 9, 1999 -– The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
announced today that its Elgin Field Office has been fully accredited
by the Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children.
"Achieving accreditation is not a simple task," said DCFS Director
Jess McDonald. "It requires a commitment to long hours refining policies
and procedures to meet rigorous, national requirements in every area of
DCFS is the
first state child welfare agency to seek COA accreditation for all of
its offices, as well as for all the private child welfare agencies with
which it contracts.
To date, 23 DCFS field offices and six satellite offices have received
accreditation. "I salute the staff of the Elgin office for their
dedication and team efforts to achieve accreditation," said Director
hard work is evidence of their goal to deliver the best quality in child
welfare services," said McDonald.
Benefits of accreditation include increased client participation, improved
case management and documentation, and improved internal operations and
accountability. Additionally, accreditation builds confidence by clients,
foster and adoptive parents, community members, the courts and other child
welfare advocates in DCFS services.
COA is an
international, not-for-profit, standard-setting accrediting body that
measures an organization’s compliance with national standards of
best practice that have achieved professional and consumer consensus.
Organizations which meet these standards are among the best and should
be recognized and appreciated for their achievement.