MCH Earns National Re-Accreditation in Record Time

Date Posted: 4/9/2014

Methodist Children’s Home President and CEO Tim Brown received word Thursday that the child care agency has earned national reaccreditation from the Council on Accreditation (COA).

MCH is supported by the seven annual conferences of the United Methodist Church in Texas and New Mexico. In addition to its Waco campus and Boys Ranch, the ministry serves children, youth and families through 12 MCH Family Outreach offices in both states.

He said this is the quickest response MCH has received from COA since the agency was initially accredited in 1986, considering the four-member COA peer review team concluded its on-site visit March 26.  In fact, MCH received its news only eight days after the on-site visit concluded and was asked for no further evidence or clarifications on any of the more than 500 standards.    

“I am extremely proud of our staff, volunteers, foster parents and Board members for their hard work during this process,” Tim said. “It is rare that COA replies this quickly and expedites an accreditation in this way. This decision by COA further affirms the amazing work being accomplished every day at Methodist Children’s Home.”

In a letter informing Brown of its decision, COA President Richard Klarberg said the decision process was expedited as a result of MCH “not receiving any out of compliance ratings in any of the fundamental practice standards.” 

The comprehensive review process evaluates all areas of operations, including governance, ethics, policies and procedures, financial practices, fundraising, child care programs and services, risk management, human resources and many other areas. Information is gathered from direct observation, surveys, policies, practices, licensing compliance, and face-to-face interviews with children, families, staff, local businesses, contractors and donors. 

Tim Brown adds, “I am impressed with the intensity of the reaccreditation process. The rigorous process of scrutinizing and measuring our programs and services against internationally-accepted best practice standards should be comforting and affirming to our staff members, colleagues and supporters.”

Methodist Children’s Home serves more than 1,400 children and youth daily through residential group care in Waco and foster care and other family services through 12 MCH Family Outreach offices in Texas and New Mexico. 

In his letter to MCH, Klarberg wrote, “COA’s program of quality improvement is designed to identify providers that have met high performance standards and have made a commitment to their stakeholders to deliver the very best quality services. COA is proud to recognize Methodist Children’s Home as one of these outstanding providers, and we wish you the very best in your continuing work with the individuals you serve.”