Our Goals and Values
Five goals shape our work. Five values guide our actions.


  • Permanence
    We create security for children and youth by finding them safe, loving homes and by encouraging lasting connections to their family, friends, and community.

  • Transition
    We prepare youth to successfully make the transition from foster care to independent living.

  • Prevention
    We work with parents to strengthen families and prevent the need for foster care.

  • Disproportionality
    We promote parity in opportunities and outcomes for children of color, who enter the child welfare system in disproportionately high numbers, receive fewer services, and leave less prepared for adulthood.

  • Indian child welfare
    We support American Indian and Alaska Native tribes working to develop and improve their own sustainable child-welfare systems.


  • Diversity and anti-racism
    We honor differences and courageously confront racism and discrimination.

  • Innovation
    We value agility and embrace thoughtful change. We continuously learn from experience, each other, and the community.

  • Relationships
    We strive to be good partners to develop, support, and preserve permanent family and community relationships for children and youth.

  • Stewardship
    We create an environment of trust and accountability. We make strategic and fiscally responsible decisions for sustainable and lasting contributions.