Children, youth, families, child welfare representatives and other child and family service partners participate as team members with shared community responsibility to achieve and maintain the following:
- Safety from abuse and neglect.
- Enduring and certain permanence and timely achievement of stability, supports and lifelong connections.
- Enhancement of the family’s ability to meet their child/youth’s wellbeing, including physical, emotional, behavioral and educational needs.
- Support families within their own homes and communities through comprehensive and accessible services that build on strengths and address individual trauma, needs and concerns.
- Strengthened families that successfully sustain positive changes that lead to safe, nurturing and healthy environments.
- Skilled and responsive child welfare professionals, who perform with a shared sense of accountability for assuring child-centered, family-focused policy, best practice and positive outcomes.
Values and Principles: Our values and principles will be consistently modeled at every level and across partnerships. We believe in…
- Children, Youth and Families
- Children and youth have the right to live in a safe, nurturing and stable family.
- Families are the best place for children and youth to grow up.
- Family connections are maintained whenever possible.
- All families have strengths.
- Families come in all shapes and sizes and family defines family.
- Families are experts on themselves, are involved in decision making, and are willing to drive change.
- Community is broadly defined. This includes, but is not limited to, families, neighbors, volunteers, spiritual, educational, medical, behavioral health and legal partners. ◦Natural partnerships must exist within a community to promote prevention, protection, well-being and lifelong connections.
- Honesty serves as the basis for building trusting relationships.
- Honesty is not only telling the truth, but also sharing information, clarifying roles and responsibilities and transparent decision making.
- Honesty is an open and consistent exchange of communication in a way that everyone can understand.
- Cultural awareness and responsiveness
- Culture is respected, valued and celebrated.
- Culture is broadly defined. This includes but is not limited to families’ beliefs, values, race, gender, socio-economic status, ethnicity, history, tribe, religion/spirituality/affiliations, sexual orientation and language.
- Cultural identity is explored with the family. Each child, youth and family is served with sensitivity within their unique context.
- Everyone has their own unique perspective, the right to be heard and contribute to their success.
Every individual is treated with dignity and consideration.
- Children, youth and families are best served through a team approach with shared responsibilities. All team members have a role and voice. Involving the child, youth, family and extended support networks as active members of the team empowers the family.
- Teams are strength-based and collaborate toward common goals.
- Teams change as needed to include all formal and informal supports and resources.
- Team members are accountable for their actions, keeping commitments and following through with agreed upon responsibilities.
- Engaging children, youth and families, as an involved part of an accepting and empathetic team who can confront difficult issues, will effectively assist in the process toward positive change.
- Advocating for and empowering children, youth, families and communities strengthen the organization.
- Building, supporting and retaining a qualified, skilled and committed workforce whose own well being and safety are valued is essential.
- Responsible allocation and management of resources demonstrates accountability.
- Quality practice is assured by consistently monitoring and improving performance through critical self reflection and accountability.
- Skills: To achieve our desired outcomes and commitment to these values and principles, demonstration of the following skills is essential across all aspects of the child welfare system.
- Engaging: Effectively establishing and maintaining a relationship with children, youth, families and all other team members by encouraging their active role and voice and successfully accomplishing sustainable shared goals.
- Teaming:Engaging and assembling the members of the team, including the family, throughout all phases of the change process and based on current needs and goals. Teaming is defining and demonstrating a unified effort, common purpose and clear roles and responsibilities that support positive change.
- Assessing and Understanding: Gathering and sharing information so the team has a common big picture of the strengths, challenges, needs and underlying issues. Assessing includes thinking critically and using information to keep the team’s understanding current and comprehensive.
- Planning: Applying information gathered through assessment and monitoring to develop an individualized well reasoned sequence of strategies and supports to achieve the agreed upon goals.
- Implementing: Actively performing roles to ensure the formal and informal resources, supports and services, identified in the plan, occur in a timely manner and with sufficient intensity, frequency and sequence to produce sustainable and beneficial results.
- Monitoring and Adjusting:Continuously analyzing and evaluating the impact and effectiveness of the plan implementation and modifying accordingly in response to the changing successes and needs until goals are achieved.