Lutheran Community Services Northwest has earned accreditation by the Council on Accreditation. COA accreditation attests that an organization meets the highest national standards and is delivering the best quality services to the communities it serves.

COA is an international, independent, not-for-profit, child- and family-service and behavioral healthcare accrediting organization which promotes standards and champions quality services for children, youth and families.

As a part of the accreditation process, all aspects of the agency's operations and services were reviewed, culminating in site visits by COA reviewers to LCS offices during the fall of 2003.

LCS provides a variety of services to children, adults and families through more than 20 offices in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

LCS has served the Pacific Northwest for more than 75 years through a variety of human services tailored to address specific community needs.

LCD services in Clatsop County include:

• Outpatient counseling services for adults, teens, children and families;

• Journey of Hope - child bereavement program;

• Domestic violence victims groups;

• Parenting education classes.

Many LCS programs provide help to those with limited resources who otherwise would not have access to the services they need. LCS services are funded by government contracts, client fees, private grants, United Way, the Lutheran Church, individual congregations, and by support of businesses, organizations and individuals throughout the Northwest.

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