My experience with the numerous OCA parishes in my area is exceptional, they are bastions of holiness. The Pan-Orthodox community is active in this area. We have, and have had, excellent clergy serving in our OCA parishes. We've been blessed with a fine and blessed OCA hierarchy of its Midwest Diocese, as well, Archbishop Job, Bishop Boris, and Archbishop John (Garklavs).
The Orthodox Church in America is not recognized as an "autocephalous" church by the Ecumenical Patriarchate and most of the other of the Holy Orthodox Churches that were not under the direct influence of the Patriarchate of Moscow, but communal relations, the canonicity of the church, is not by any means in question. It is recognized as a "self-governed" church, but not as a sister among the Holy Orthodox Churches. The dispute is an administrative one, thankfully not affecting spirituality. (The dispute has to due primarily with the Patriarch of Moscow's unilateral issuance of a Tomos (Proclamation) of Autocephaly, rather than autocephaly havening emerged from a conciliar process among the Holy Orthodox Churches with Eparchies in North America, working together.) The OCA's seminaries are well respected, likewise. The OCA is a valued contributing participant in the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the U.S.A.
You can confirm the canonicity of any parish in the U.S.A. through the website of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the U.S.A., "assemblyofbishops.org".