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National Association for Children of Alcoholics

Affiliate Membership Benefits and Standards

The NACoA Board of Directors, Board of Advisors and staff are committed to advocate for all children and families affected by alcoholism and other drug addiction.  We work with national organizations in the prevention, education, research and treatment fields to be the voice for this vulnerable group, and to make their needs known.  We actively support our affiliate members to carry out this mission on the state and local levels. 

Benefits of Affiliate Membership

1.   Affiliate members receive one complementary copy of all NACoA-produced education and advocacy publications and materials.  Members also receive a 15% discount on additional copies of NACoA publications, audio-visual and promotional materials.  From time to time, NACoA will offer bulk discounts to affiliates on designated items.

2.   Affiliates will periodically be entitled to receive camera-ready copies of selected NACoA-developed materials (example “A Kit for Educators”) for reproduction and distribution in their own communities.  Cover can be altered to indicate that NACoA developed product for the affiliate organization.

3. Affiliate members receive telephone consulting on program services, and preferred rates on training and conference workshop presentations by the Executive Director, other program staff, and designated members of NACoA’s Board of Advisors and Board of Directors.

4.  NACoA affiliate members can apply to become associate Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) Regional Alcohol and Drug Awareness Resource (RADAR) Network Centers.

5. NACoA affiliates can receive scholarships or reduced fees, as available, for selected national addiction conferences.

6. Affiliate members may have a home page and small Web site hosted on NACoA’s site.  Development and maintenance of the site are available at a low cost.

7. Affiliate members receive fifty (50) copies of each issue of the NACoA NETWORK.

8. Each year one affiliate member organization is chosen to receive the Meritorious Service Award, in recognition of outstanding programming for National COA Week.

9. A membership certificate is given to certify membership in good standing.

10. Affiliates may submit recommendations for NACoA’s Margaret Cork Award.

11.   The words "an affiliate of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics" and the NACoA logo may appear on letterhead, brochures and any other official written materials of the affiliate organization.

Standards for Formal Affiliation

Affiliates are autonomous non-profit corporations, formally affiliated with the National Association for Children of Alcoholics.  The following are standards suggested for assuring minimum quality for affiliate members. 

I. Board of Directors

A.     A minimum of five Board members
B.     Job descriptions for Board members, defining roles for officers;
C.  Regular meetings supported by the work of a strong committee structure;
D. Organizations with paid staff, have personnel policies developed in line with sound professional standards, including job descriptions, hiring practices, and affirmative action policy.

II.      Affiliate organizations maintain an annual financial statement for the organization detailing income and expenses (formal audit or financial reports, in accordance with accepted standards of accounting). Affiliate organizations maintain a detailed annual operating budget developed and approved by the Board.

III.   Affiliate organizations participate in activities in one or more of the following areas: public and professional information, education or training and advocacy.

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