Catholic Charities Bureau was organized in June of 1943, hired our first Executive Director in January of 1944, incorporated in January of 1945, and licensed as a Child Placing Agency by the State of Florida for the first time in 1945 and every year since. Until the Diocese of Miami was formed in 1958, the Diocese covered the entire State of Florida. Over the years regional offices were established in Orlando (1958), St. Augustine (1975), Gainesville (1976), and Lake City (2007).
Although originally an adoption agency, Catholic Charities always seeks to respond to the needs of the community.
In addition to adoption services the agency has responded to the needs of pregnant women, families needing counseling services, those dealing with alcohol or other substance abuse problems, children lost in the D.C.A.F. foster care system, those families struggling to keep a roof over the heads for their children, refugees seeking safety for their families in this country, those homeless needing a drop-in center/ employment/a stable place of residence, legalization services for immigrants and farm workers, summer camps for children and young adults with disabilities, pastoral services to those in prison, maritime seafarers needing drop-in services when in Port, and religious education services for children at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind.
- Accredited agency through the Council on Accreditation since 2007.
- Catholic Charities USA awarded a Seal of Approval from the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance.
- Charity Navigator found Catholic Charities USA a "Slam Dunk" for donors and is recognized as 8th Most Fiscally Responsible Charity in the nation.
- Charity Navigator (a watchdog for nonprofits) listed Catholic Charities as one of the top ten charities in terms of fiscal health and respecting the rights of donors and awarded Catholic Charities a 4-Star rating for both organizational capacity and efficiency.
About "COA" accreditation
Accreditation by the Council on Accreditation (COA) is an objective and reliable verification that organizations qualify for your confidence and support. The COA accreditation process involves a detailed review and analysis of both an organization’s administrative operations—including financial practices—and its service delivery practices. All are "measured” against international standards of best practice. These standards emphasize services that are accessible, appropriate, based in the community, coordinated, culturally competent, evidence-based, individualized, outcomes-oriented, provided by a skilled and supported workforce, respectful of individual rights, strengths-based, supportive of partnership, child and family focused, treat all people with dignity, involve family and provider collaboration and address child outcomes.
Because COA reviews and accredits the entire organization, not just specific programs, you can have confidence in the credibility, integrity and achievement of the entire organization.
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