Local CoSA sites operate autonomously, some under the umbrella of larger sponsoring organizations such as Mennonite Central Committee in Ontario or Calgary, the Salvation Army, Community Chaplaincy; others as stand-alone non-profits or registered charities, all governed by a volunteer steering committee and/or board of directors and independently funded.
Although CoSA sites operate independently, they all share common values and principles of no more victims, and the fundamental dignity of all human beings – no one is disposable. All CoSA sites in Canada also endorse a number of commonalities that guide standards of practice including:
- Life Cycle of a Circle
- Support, Accountability and Confidentiality
- Safety and Risk Recognition
- Volunteer Training
- Process of a Circle Meeting