Alliances, Endorsements & Accreditation

Our commitment

Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch is committed to providing industry-leading programs and services to children and families. Part of maintaining that high standard is assuring the highest level of accountability.


For more than 80 years, Boys Ranch has helped thousands of young people pave a path for success. We are committed to our mission, now and in the future.


Accurate and comprehensive information about our mission, activities, finances and governance is available to our alliances and the public.


We evaluate the success made possible at Boys Ranch by maintaining and providing the highest possible care to those we serve and who support our mission.


Your gift of cash helps the children of Boys Ranch and may provide you with a tax deduction.

We partnered with the Council on Accreditation more than 20 years ago. COA is an international, independent, nonprofit human service accrediting organization. Their mission is to partner with organizations like Boys Ranch to ensure children and families always receive the highest quality of care possible.

Adherence to COA standards is self-imposed. Unlike licensing standards, which are mandated by law, we follow COA standards because our leadership and board of directors believe independent evaluation is healthy for our organization and beneficial to our clients.

Re-accreditation, which occurs every 4 years, consists of a rigorous process that includes a review of our services, administration, management and governance. Year after year, Cal Farley’s continues to impress the peer reviewers who take part in this process.

What coa says about us


The Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance accredited Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch as meeting its 20 standards for charity accountability. These standards were developed to assist donors in making sound giving decisions and to foster public trust in charitable organizations. The standards encourage fair and honest solicitation practices, promote ethical conduct by nonprofit organizations and advance philanthropy in the United States.


The Coalition of Residential Excellence is dedicated to promoting professionalism and best practices in the delivery of services to children and families. The organization provides legislative advocacy, public awareness and the representation of a united voice concerning the strengths and challenges associated with residential family-like services in a continuum of care environment.

We evaluate the success made possible at Boys Ranch by maintaining and providing the highest possible care to those we serve and who support our mission.

Michelle Maikoetter, Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch chief program officer, said CORE keeps Boys Ranch caught up on what we need to know as it specifically relates to children in residential care.

“They are a group of like-minded peers, and advocate for us on important issues and ask us to rally as an unified voice when we need to,” she explained. “CORE gives us a forum to focus our actions and galvanize our beliefs. We also learn a lot by sharing ideas, procedures, trainings and struggles and successes.

CORE is the only national organization exclusively representing children’s homes and boarding schools providing residential non-treatment related services to children living away from their families.

Maikoetter, a Child Trauma Academy fellow, serves on the CORE board of directors. She has worked in a variety of childcare settings for almost 20 years. She is a nationally certified licensed professional counselor – supervisor and has received training in equine-assisted psychotherapy and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing.


Established in 1975, TACFS’ mission is to strengthen and continuously improve the services, practices and care for at-risk children, youth and families in Texas. It achieves this through research and education, collaboration and advocacy.

TACFS seeks to be a unified voice to strengthen services and care for vulnerable Texans.

The organization offers services such as policy analysis, data analytics, training, continuing education and consultation, so that all direct care organizations will have the tools to build organizational excellence.

TACFS is active in the legislative process, at both the state and federal levels, advocating for policies, practices, and funding that advances the quality and care for at-risk children, youth, and families.

“One of the best things about TACFS is that they keep us informed regarding local, state and national laws, regulations, and changes which may impact our work,” said Michelle Maikoetter, Chief Program Officer. “They also host a conference every year which is the largest in our state for child care administrators which keeps us all informed and connected.”

A network of mission-driven organizations that have embraced the call to serve at-risk children, youth, and families, and are working together to improve the care, services, and outcomes in their communities and statewide, TACFS is committed to the principles of continuous quality improvement.


Guidestar, which provides information to more than eight million potential donors and other stakeholders each year, awarded Boys Ranch its 2019 Platinum Seal. In order to obtain the 2018 Gold Seal, Boys Ranch shared important information with the public using our profile on You’ll see the gold GuideStar seal on our website as evidence of our commitment to transparency and integrity in everything we do.
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