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.
The Children’s Alliance is a not-for-profit association of agencies throughout Kentucky that serve abused, neglected, and abandoned children and their families. It is a unified voice of advocacy at the legislative level for positive change in the child welfare system.