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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
    • 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 or call toll free (888) 281-6531.

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  • Family First Prevention Services Act

    The Family First Prevention Services Act has asked the field to be proactive in strengthening the roll of families and keeping kids safe.

    Choose CARF as your partner to help you meet this important mandate. Visit for more information. 

  • 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.

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