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The Village receives national accreditation

The Village Family Service Center (The Village) was recently re-accredited by the New York-based Council on Accreditation (COA).

Gary Wolsky, president/CEO of The Village, said, “Back in the 70s, The Village was the first accredited nonprofit in North Dakota. The communities we serve expect the highest standards and our continued accreditation is evidence of our long-standing commitment to meeting those standards.”

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The COA accreditation process involves a detailed review and analysis of an organization’s administration, management and service delivery functions against international standards of best practice.

The standards driving accreditation ensure that services are well-coordinated, culturally competent, evidence-based, outcomes-oriented and provided by a skilled and supported workforce.

Since 1891, The Village has helped area children and families improve their lives. The Village was founded as the North Dakota Children’s Home Society, a home for orphaned children, and provided a sanctuary for those who often had no other place to go.

As the needs of children and families changed, The Village evolved to meet those needs. It now provides in-home and in-office counseling services, financial counseling, adoption and pregnancy counseling, business consulting services, employee assistance programs, high needs child care services, chemical dependency services, and mentoring through Big Brothers Big Sisters.

The Village has offices throughout North Dakota and Minnesota, including in Alexandria, and provides services nationwide through its employee assistance program.

For more information, call 1-800-627-8220 or visit