Canadian Centre for Accreditation

Child Welfare

CCA supports child welfare services to meet new challenges and excel through standards that reflect best practices in community-based operations, services and programs.

Accreditation with CCA positions organizations that offer child welfare services to keep pace with accountability expectations and lead when it comes to service quality.

The Right Fit

Who should choose this program

The standards are geared to child welfare providers across Canada.

The program is currently available only in English.


Organizations are asked to meet a common set of Organizational Standards, as well as standards specific to their child welfare programs and services.

The Organizational Standards look at the whole organization, and cover things like governance, management, planning and evaluation, quality improvement, and important risk management functions. The standards also look for person-centred services, a strength-based approach, accessibility of services, and engagement and responsiveness to the communities served.

The Child Welfare standards apply to the organization’s child welfare programs and services. They address the support and services provided to children in care, the adoption process, and family services and support, including counselling and group work, court and after hours services, kinship care and support for new parents. There are also standards that cover services such as foster care, children’s residences and institutional care.

Engagement of the sector

The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies played a leading role in creating CCA and developing the accreditation program for organizations that offer child welfare services.

Contact CCA for more information.