Ocean State Network One of Handful Across Nation with COA Accreditation

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Ocean State Network for Children and Families (OSNCF) recently earned accreditation from the Council on Accreditation(COA), an international accreditor of human service providers. Family Service of Rhode Island, OSNCF lead agency, is one of 16 agencies, among 1700 in the nation, with network COA accreditation.

“Accreditation is not only recognition of excellence, but it assures taxpayers that their investment in this approach to providing services for children and families in need is a wise one,” said Malcolm Farmer, III, president of Family Service of Rhode Island’s board of directors.  “OSNCF joins a mere handful of similar networks across the nation earning such recognition.”

In 2012 DCYF established two “family care networks”: OSNCF and Rhode Island Care Management Network (RICMN), led byChild & Family. The two networks, composed of human service providers across Rhode Island, care for families and children in need of intensive home-based services and out-of-home placement in group homes and specialized foster care. Combined, the networks serve over 2,500 children and their families.  RICMN is also COA accredited.

Despite being only two years old OSNCF has reduced the rate of youth in group homes and similar settings from 25 to 21%.  “This means that children and families are increasingly receiving care in non-institutional settings, such as their own home.  This is less expensive and is associated with better long-term outcomes,” said Margaret Holland McDuff, OSNCF president, and CEO of lead agency Family Service of Rhode Island. “Additionally, OSNCF, by providing programs that prioritize community-based and family-focused programming, has reduced the average cost of care for a child by seven percent.”

In addition to Family Service of Rhode Island, OSNCF partners include Community Care Alliance, Boys Town, St. Mary’s Home for Children, the Kent Center, East Bay Center, East Bay Community Action, Harmony Hill School, the Groden Center, NAFI, Newport County Community Mental Health Center, the Comprehensive Community Action Program, Tides Family Services, spurwink/ri, and AIDS Care Ocean State.

Family Service of Rhode Island is a non-profit statewide human service agency.  In addition to board president Malcolm Farmer, III, the agency’s board of directors includes Robert K. Vincent, vice president; Robert S. Waddington, treasurer; Joan J. Hertel, secretary; and Melvoid J. Benson, James M. Bower, Maryellen Butke, Thomas D. Chase, Hugh T. Clements, Jr., Michelle Cortés-Harkins, Christopher J. Crosby, Doris M. De Los Santos, Daniel R. Dwight, Margaret D. Farrell, Glen P. Martin, Mary M. McGoldrick, Constance R. Pemmerl, Jason C. Preciphs, Josh Rosenthal, John C. Simmons, William E. Smith, and William K. Wray.  More information is available about Family Service of Rhode Island at www.familyserviceri.org.

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