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American Financial Solutions Successfully Achieves COA Reaccreditation

Council on Accreditation Seal

American Financial Solutions (AFS) has achieved national re-accreditation through the New York-based Council on Accreditation (COA). This accreditation was rigorous and involved numerous hours of preparation by members of our staff, executive team, board members, partners, and our clients. Organizations pursue accreditation to demonstrate the implementation of best practice standards in the field of human services. COA evaluated all aspects of AFS’s programs, services, management, and administration.

COA accreditation is an objective, independent, and reliable validation of an agency’s performance. The COA accreditation process involves a detailed review and analysis of an organization’s administration, management, and service delivery functions against international standards of best practice. The standards driving accreditation ensure that services are well-coordinated, culturally competent, evidence-based, outcomes-oriented, and provided by a skilled and supported workforce. COA accreditation demonstrates accountability in the management of resources, sets standardized best practice thresholds for service and administration, and increases organizational capacity and accountability by creating a framework for ongoing quality improvement. 
To achieve COA accreditation, AFS first provided written evidence of compliance with the COA standards.  Thereafter, a group of specially trained volunteer Peer Reviewers confirmed adherence to these standards during a series of interviews with trustees, staff, and clients. 
Based on their findings, COA’s volunteer-based Accreditation Commission voted that AFS had successfully met the criteria for accreditation.

An endorsement of COA and the value of its accreditation process is reflected in it being named by the US State Department as the sole national independent accrediting body under the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption to accredit intercountry adoption service providers. In addition, COA is the only national accreditor designated by the U.S. Department of Defense to develop accreditation standards and processes for human service programs provided to military personnel and their families.

Founded in 1977, COA is an independent, not-for-profit accreditor of the full continuum of community-based behavioral health care and social service organizations in the United States and Canada. Over 2,000 organizations — voluntary, public, and proprietary; local and statewide; large and small — have either successfully achieved COA accreditation or are currently engaged in the process. Presently, COA has a total of 47 service standards that are applicable to over 125 different types of programs. To learn more about COA, please visit

AFS offers credit, debt, budget, housing, and student loan counseling and education to people across the United States. Our mission is to empower individuals to improve the quality of their lives through financial education and counseling. Our core values are excellence, independence, transparency and trust, high-customer satisfaction, accessibility to all, and being a valuable resource for financial education and services in our local community and throughout the country. Our certified credit counselors have been providing these services since 1999 and have assisted over half a million people.

Published May 31, 2022.