Local Children's Division receives accreditation from international group

Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Members of the 15th Circuit pose for a quick picture to commemorate their accomplishments. (Travis Watts/Democrat-News)

The 15th Circuit of the Missouri Department of Social Services' (DSS) Children's Division, the branch that serves Saline County, has met the Council on Accreditation standards for becoming accredited.

In honor of their accomplishment, Children's Division Director Paula Neese presented the 15th Circuit with a congratulatory certificate.

"I want to congratulate staff in the 15th Circuit for their hard work and tremendous dedication to reach these national, best practice standards," said Neese. "The 15th Circuit joins a growing list of Circuit offices that are setting a great example for the remaining Circuits in the Children's Division."

Paula Neese (right), Children's Division director, presents Katie Igo with a congratulatory certificate in honor of the 15th Circuit earning accreditation. (Travis Watts/Democrat-News)

"This was a lot of hard work," said Katie Igo, accepting the award on behalf of the 15th Circuit. "This is really proof that we do good work here in this circuit."

A panel of reviewers from various states found the 15th Circuit to be in compliance with each of the major categories for which an agency must comply to be accredited.

The local offices had to meet service standards in adoption services, foster and kinship care services, child protection services and family-centered casework; as well as organization and management requirements in areas such as ethical practice, financial management, behavioral management and organizational integrity.

Rep. Joe Aull (D-Marshall) took time to congratulate members of the 15th circuit on a job well done.

"You guys do a great job," he said. "It doesn't surprise me a bit."

"Thank you for all you've done for so many kids and so many people," Aull continued.

The entire Missouri DSS is trying to attain accreditation, which Igo feels could earn Missouri a prestigious reputation.

"Missouri would be one of the few (accredited) states in the nation," said Igo.

The Children's Division hopes to have all 45 Missouri circuits accredited by 2009.

Contact Travis Watts at marshallreporter@socket.net

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  • What a great accomplishment! Thanks to everyone of you who in any way becomes an advocate for those little ones who have no voice in their future. Keep up the good work, the children are counting on you.

    -- Posted by hawkwatchers on Thu, Aug 28, 2008, at 8:40 PM
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