Lutheran Children and Family Service (LCFS) has been reaccredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) for its services provided to children and families in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
A division of Liberty Lutheran, LCFS is a non-profit social service agency, providing a broad scope of programs and services to a diverse clientele including, children, families, refugees, and seniors. For LCFS participation in the COA survey is voluntary, and for many years LCFS has participated in this certification process. This program of quality improvement, conducted every four years, 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.
This year, LCFS was expedited through the Pre-Commission Review Report (PCR) process as a result of not receiving any out of compliance ratings in any of the fundamental practice standards.
“COA’s reaccreditation is a testimony to how we are not only meeting industry standards, but exceeding them,” says Rich Gitlen, vice president and executive director of LCFS. “This is an amazing feat and speaks volumes of our staff’s commitment and dedication to the children and families we serve.”
The Council on Accreditation (COA) is an international, independent, not-for-profit, child- and family-service and behavioral healthcare accrediting organization. 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 Lutheran Children and Family Service of Eastern PA as an outstanding provider, and we wish the organization the very best in their continuing work with the individuals they serve,” says Richard Klarberg, COA’s president and CEO.
About Lutheran Children and Family Service
Lutheran Children and Family Service (Eastern, PA) is a non-profit founded in 1922 by the Lutheran Church in Philadelphia in order to provide child placement services on the church’s behalf. Part of the local church unit, the “Synod,” until 1965, it was then incorporated as the Lutheran Children’s Bureau. In 1970, the name was changed to Lutheran Children and Family Service (LCFS). LCFS served the Synod covering all of Eastern Pennsylvania. Since 1975, LCFS has provided community-based services to a diverse clientele of children, families and seniors throughout Eastern Pennsylvania. www.lcfsinpa.org
About Liberty Lutheran
Incorporated in 2001 and headquartered in Ambler, Pa., Liberty Lutheran, with its more than 25 locations and combined service history of 300 years, faithfully provides vital resources to individuals and families facing life-changing situations. These individualized services include independent and assisted living, skilled nursing, rehabilitation, hospice care, in-home supports, wellness services, children and family services, integration services for immigrants and political refugees, and disaster response. Liberty Lutheran’s team of dedicated employees serves individuals and families through their family of services in Eastern Pennsylvania, including Artman, Paul’s Run Retirement Community, Liberty at Home, Lutheran Children and Family Services, Lutheran Congregational Services, Mary J. Drexel, and The Village at Penn State. www.libertylutheran.org