At the Smoky Mountain Children's Home, we take our mission to become a complete child and family ministry very seriously. As such, we hold ourselves to the highest standards of accountability for licensure and fiscal responsibility.
SMCH is audited a minimum of three times annually. The state of Tennessee performs two licensure audits per year. In addition to these audits, we are also assessed regularly by an outside, independent auditing agency. We are fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation and maintain Gold Participant status with Charity Navigator and GuideStar.
Smoky Mountain Children's Home (SMCH) has been recognized and granted accreditation by the Council on Accreditation (COA), 45 Broadway, New York City, New York 10006.
Initial accrediting procedures began in 2007. The COA organization was chosen, because it was the same association providing accreditation to the Tennessee Department of Children's Services, DCS. Along with their own high standards, DCS mandates all group homes to be accredited. Accreditation was granted to SMCH on May 31, 2011. All COA organizations are required to be re-accredited every four years.
We are currently licensed by the state of Tennessee through the Department of Children’s Services. We have a Residential Child Care Agency license with a capacity of 93 children and a Child Placing Agency license with no specified capacity. We undergo a minimum of two licensing audits each year to renew our licenses and ensure that we meet the licensing standards of the state of Tennessee.