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  • Celebrating 50 years of enhancing lives and services

    CARF’s 50th Anniversary

    In 2016, CARF International marks its 50th anniversary—what an important milestone! This year is a period for us to reflect and take stock of what we have done and what needs to be done in the coming years.

    Founded on September 27, 1966, we began with a mere 4 employees, a single office in Chicago, Illinois, and 4 accredited providers in the United States. Since then, we have experienced exceptional growth, evolving into one of the world’s leading accrediting bodies for health and human services. Today, CARF International is composed of 108 employees, about 1,400 surveyors, 5 offices, and almost 7,000 service providers with more than 50,000 accredited programs and services at 23,000 locations worldwide. We remain committed to helping organizations ASPIRE to Excellence® in the programs and services they provide to enhance the lives of persons served.

    To commemorate and honor our 50th anniversary, throughout the year we will showcase the many groups, people, and persons served who have contributed to the success of our mission. To all our customers, stakeholders, and friends—thank you for your continued commitment to CARF accreditation. We look forward to the next 50 years and making a lasting impact around the globe.


    Herb Zaretsky, Ph.D., Board Chair
    Brian J. Boon, Ph.D., President/CEO
    The CARF staff and surveyors

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