Our Core Values


Children First

In all we do, children come first.  Every child deserves love, respect, and a supportive environment.  All children are entitled to the dignity, equality, and protection accorded to other members of the community. We believe children should have a voice in matters that affect their lives and futures.


We set high standards for ourselves and our community.  We are accountable to each other, to our supporters, to our partners and, above all, to children. We maintain high standards of personal and professional performance: honesty, fairness, transparency, trustworthiness, and adherence to the ethical codes and standards of our professions. We take responsibility for thoughtfully managing our human and financial resources, and for setting meaningful goals and achieving measurable results.


We are committed to doing what is right for children even when their cause is demanding, challenging, or unpopular.  We strive to be innovative problem solvers, willing to ask hard questions and challenge the status quo.


We recognize and value the uniqueness of individuals and we are committed to a culture of acceptance and inclusivity. Our advocacy work benefits from the contributions of people with diverse personal backgrounds as we seek to assure that involvement of children in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems is not determined by race or ethnicity, that outcomes for children in our systems are not determined by race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender, or disability, and that all of our children have an equal opportunity to a childhood that prepares them to realize their potential in a bright future.


We strive to genuinely understand the needs and realities of those we serve and of those with whom we work, actively listening and empathizing with their unique perspectives and experiences.


We value and cultivate effective partnerships with all who work with and for children in our community, seeking opportunities to broaden the potential impact of our vision and mission on the lives of children and families. We share what we know with the broader community.  We support, promote, and encourage the good work done for the welfare of children by those outside our agency.


We are unwavering in our commitment to children.  Recognizing that real change does not happen quickly, we take a long-view that values empathy, trust, persistence, and determination. We will not give up when problems are difficult or take a long time to solve.


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