Council on Accreditation

The Council on Accreditation (COA) partners with human service organizations worldwide to improve service delivery outcomes by developing, applying, and promoting accreditation standards. CHNK undergoes a thorough reaccreditation process every four years, most recently in 2014.

All Children – All Families

CHNK is a participating agency in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s All Children – All Families program, an initiative that promotes LGBT cultural competency among child welfare professionals. Participating agencies work to meet ten key Benchmarks of LGBT Cultural Competency – from client non-discrimination policies and inclusive agency paperwork, to staff training and creating an LGBT-inclusive agency environment. In May 2016, CHNK earned the foundation’s All Children—All Families seal of recognition for its commitment to supporting and serving LGBTQ youth; we are the first child welfare agency in the Commonwealth of Kentucky to receive this distinction.


The Sanctuary® Model is a blueprint for clinical and organizational change which, at its core, promotes safety and recovery from adversity through the active creation of a trauma-informed community. Sanctuary certification symbolizes an organization’s commitment to providing a higher level of care, a trauma-sensitive environment for the people they serve, and a better work environment for employees. Sanctuary certification is a three-year process, with re-evaluation required every three years, as it is designed to promote, sustain and strengthen an organization’s commitment to the maintenance of a trauma informed culture for all of its stakeholders. CHNK is in Year Two of the certification process.


GuideStar’s mission is to revolutionize philanthropy by providing information that advances transparency, enables users to make better decisions, and encourages charitable giving. CHNK is GuideStar Exchange Gold Participant, committed to transparency.