Carolina Youth Development Center Achieves National Accreditation

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

Carolina Youth Development Center has achieved national accreditation through the New York-based Council on Accreditation.

CYDC is a nonprofit serving the Tri-County that provides shelter and support services to child victims of abuse and neglect, as well as youth mentoring programs and a community-based prevention program that helps at-risk families access the resources they need to stay together.

Organizations pursue accreditation to demonstrate the implementation of best practice standards in the field of human services. COA evaluated all aspects of CYDC’s programs, services, management and administration.

“Accreditation is a meticulous process that leaves no stone unturned in evaluating an organization, and we are proud of this tremendous accomplishment,” said CYDC Chief Executive Officer Beverly Hardin.

“Successful accreditation is affirmation of our high quality, comprehensive care services.”  

COA accreditation is an objective, independent, and reliable validation of an agency’s performance. The COA accreditation process involves a detailed review and analysis of an organization’s administration, management and service delivery functions against international standards of best practice.

The standards driving accreditation ensure that services are well-coordinated, culturally competent, evidence-based, outcomes-oriented and provided by a skilled and supported workforce.

COA accreditation demonstrates accountability in the management of resources, sets standardized best practice thresholds for service and administration and increases organizational capacity and accountability by creating a framework for ongoing quality improvement.

To achieve COA accreditation, CYDC first provided written evidence of compliance with the COA standards.  Thereafter, a group of specially-trained volunteer Peer Reviewers confirmed adherence to these standards during a series of on-site interviews with the board of directors, volunteers, agency partners staff, parents and clients.

Based on their findings, COA’s volunteer-based Accreditation Commission voted that CYDC had successfully met the criteria for accreditation.

CYDC has been continuously accredited since 1980.