Mission & Vision

The Department of Children’s Services strategic plan outlines the department’s vision and mission and priorities, goals and objectives to guide day-to-day operations and inform funding priorities.

From this plan, action steps are developed to guide our work and measure the outcomes.

The plan, which is updated annually is developed by the department’s senior leadership with guidance from a consultant sponsored by Casey Family Programs. The action steps are developed by each region, youth development center and central office staff.

Strategic planning is a key element of accreditation and best practices.

Values Statement

  • Children Do Best at Home: We believe that children do better when they are at home with safe and nurturing parents and caregivers; we are strengthening families so that children can be safe and loved at home. We believe that our staff need to feel safe and secure as they do the difficult task of working with our children and families.
  • Families Can Be Strengthened and Successful: When children must come into foster care, we are strengthening foster parents so that children remain stable, and strengthening families so that children can return home quickly. We honor our employees families and strive to ensure they are able to be there and enjoy their own families.
  • Children Deserve a Forever Family: Children who can’t return home exit foster care quickly to a forever family.
  • Well-being Matters: Children and families’ well-being and healthy development matters and they receive the services and supports they need from us to be successful.  Staff well-being is important as well and they need the training, services and supports to be healthy in order to meet the needs of the children and families they support.


DCS Mission and Vision