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  • Child and Youth Services

    With the increased focus on services for children and youths, CARF standards reflect current quality practices and leadership in the field internationally. 

    CARF accredits child and youth services (CYS) in the following program areas:

    • Adoption
    • Assessment and Referral
    • Behavioral Consultation
    • Case Management/Services Coordination
    • Child/Youth Day Care
    • Child/Youth Protection
    • Community Housing and Shelters
    • Community Transition
    • Community Youth Development
    • Congregate Care
    • Counseling/Outpatient
    • Crisis and Information Call Centers
    • Crisis Intervention
    • Crisis Stabilization
    • Day Treatment
    • Detoxification/Withdrawal Support
    • Diversion/Intervention
    • Early Childhood Development
    • Foster Family and Kinship Care
    • Group Home Care
    • Health Home
    • Home and Community Services
    • Intensive Family-Based Services
    • Intensive Outpatient Treatment
    • Promotion/Prevention
    • Residential Treatment
    • Respite
    • Specialized or Treatment Foster Care
    • Support and Facilitation
    The following specific population designations may be added to a program:
    • Juvenile Justice
    • Medically Complex

    Please refer to the program descriptionsNew window icon for further details.

    For more information on CARF child and youth services accreditation, please email cys@carf.org or call toll free (888) 281-6531.

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  • Serving youth with diverse SOGIE

    (SOGIE: sexual orientation and gender identity/expression)

    This blog series explores cultural competency practices that can help your organization be inclusive of youth with diverse SOGIE.


  • California Continuum of Care Reform

    California providers looking into CARF accreditation to comply with the new Continuum of Care Reform can sign up to receive email updates about meeting, trainings, and other information. http://eepurl.com/bzKb5H.

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