Children’s Place Inc. was granted a Behavioral Healthcare Accreditation from The Joint Commission. The result of a rigorous accreditation review process and a three-day site visit, which included staff interviews, parents interviews, evaluation of records and staff observations, this accreditation was reinforcement of the organization’s dedication to operate under the highest standards of compliance.

“I am just so excited for Children’s Place and what this accreditation means for the children we serve,” said Peggy Ford, Children’s Place director. “Our staff did a wonderful job of accurately walking the commission through what we do and how we do it so we could achieve this honor.”

The next step for Children’s Place has been to develop a Plan of Action which will assist it in maintaining the safe, high-quality care treatment and services required by The Joint Commission.

“While achieving this accreditation was our goal, it also comes with standards that take a lot of hard work and commitment to maintain,” Ford explained. “It is simply the beginning, as we are now focused on looking for ways we can make Children’s Place an even more valuable program for those we serve.”

This accreditation was necessary so Children’s Place could continue to receive Medicaid funding.

Since the organization offers physical, occupation and speech therapy as well as counseling, in-home intervention, behavioral interventions and training, Children’s Place relies on Medicaid to pay a portion of the $1.8 million needed to keep its programs running. The organization will have to undergo the accreditation process every three years.

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Children’s Place Inc. is a therapeutic childcare system that addresses the total well-being of a child, promotes educational competency and offers behavioral and rehabilitative therapy. Annually, 150 children and their families, who live throughout Aiken County, receive daily services from Children’s Place, Inc., a United Way of Aiken County agency.

This year, Children’s Place has added two additional community-based prevention programs to help families provide safe, nurturing and stable environments for their children. Both of these programs allow children and their families to be served in their homes.

Families Matter is a prevention program provided to families in Aiken, Barnwell, Bamberg, Saluda, Edgefield and McCormick counties in collaboration with the Department of Social Services and Growing Home South East. Family Check-Up is available to young children and their families in Aiken and Barnwell counties.

For more information on Children’s Place, call Kelly Findley at 803-641-4144 or email