You should have heard the news by now- it’s not been kept top secret! The Council on Accreditation (COA) is coming to Neighbor To Family for our fourth accreditation review/audit.
What is COA? The Council on Accreditation (COA) is an international not-for-profit accrediting organization serving more than 2,000 private and public child, family, and behavioral health organizations.
What does a COA Peer Review Team do? The reaccreditation process focuses largely on site visits conducted by a review team consisting of specially trained individuals affiliated with organizations similar to NTF. They will carefully study all elements of our agency to determine whether we have maintained the standards needed to keep our accreditation.
The team is scheduled to arrive April 23 and depart April 26, 2017. While on site they will review records, conduct safety inspections, and hold interviews. The audit even includes what we might consider the “small stuff” such as whether we remember to sign in and out on the site’s attendance sheet to whether we wear our NTF badges while in NTF buildings. Bottom line – everything is fair game.
Why is the accreditation important?
- It offers national and external validation of performance
- It places NTF in a strong competitive position
- It creates a framework for ongoing performance quality improvement
- It is required by some NTF contracts
Why do I need to be involved? Any one of us may be interviewed during the on-site visits to NTF offices. To help prepare, we’ve developed and assigned to all staff and foster caregivers a mandatory Relias course titled “COA 2017”. You can easily access the Relias learning management system through the link on this site or an icon you may have installed on your computer. You will earn one credit hour for taking the training and passing the exam. If you have difficulty logging into Relias, please contact Cynthia Williams: Cynthia.firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. The course must be completed no later than April 15, 2017.
With your help, we look forward to earning another four years of COA accreditation. Thank you for your commitment to NTF and fulfillment of our mission to “revolutionize foster care by keeping siblings together while building healthier families and stronger communities.”
Submitted by Gaye James
NTF is introducing a new employee recognition program to celebrate outstanding staff work. “Leading by Example” will consist of two components:
- Quarterly recognition for individuals who: perform above and beyond their job description; promote positive morale; put forth effort to improve self as well as develop and recognize others; exhibit initiative and creativity; and, promote NTF’s mission and brand.
- Length of service recognition in five-year intervals.
To kick off the program, quarterly recognition nominations will start this month. There are no forms to fill out, just a descriptive email to Reggie Williams, VP of Human Resources. For further information, please refer to Reggie Williams’s Thursday, March 2, 2017 email. All nominations must be submitted by close of business March 24.
An Employee Recognition Committee with representatives from across the agency will review all nominations and select each quarter’s award recipient. Volunteers are needed; if interested, please contact Mr. Williams.
Neighbor To Family’s “Who We Are” video has been updated to incorporate the FIRST program and highlight our new President/CEO. The video is available on the public website, and can be viewed here. DVDs will soon be available and will be distributed to each program site.
NTF-Bartow Family Care Manager Dellana Reeves is currently featured in Heartland for Children’s Case Manager’s Corner. Dellana’s “diligence, knowledge, persistence, and kindness” are noted. Congratulations, Dellana!
–Submitted by Jamie Akins
NTF employees previously based at 1900 Century Place in Atlanta have relocated to:
2075 West Park Place Blvd. – Suite E-F
Stone Mountain, GA 30087
(Phone number and extensions remain the same)
Celebrating the move are, from left, Gabrielle Rodney, Shankina Okakpu, Kiante Sims, Cathy Wilson, Jamila Hankins, LaToya Samuel, Rekeita Pearson, Michael Anderson, Brandalyn Tolbert.
Submitted by LaToya Samuel
Board Chair Ackneil M. Muldrow II (at right) and CEO Tony Everett present Deloris Johnson with a plaque honoring her “…support, guidance, and friendship”. The presentation took place at NTF’s Annual Meeting on Saturday, January 21st. Mrs. Johnson is the widow of NTF founder Gordon Johnson and was instrumental in the early growth of our organization.
Aida Seeraj is throwing down a challenge to her NTF colleagues. Click on “Mannequin Challenge” below. (If you have not previously accessed Windows Media Player, just click on Recommended Settings when the program page pops up).
2016 NTF Children’s Holiday Party
On December 11, 2016 Neighbor To Family Georgia hosted our 12th annual Children’s Holiday Party. Our guests were treated to bowling, bumper cars, arcade games, face painters, balloon twisters,family photos, and many more activities. Every child received a holiday stocking,and had the chance to win exciting prizes.
Our community partners, Stars and Strikes, helped make this amazing party a reality, and even donated a Target gift card to every child who attended.
The children’s smiles and excitement were a great way to kick of the holidays!
Submitted by Jody Howard