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Values and Guiding Principles



  • Children need to be raised in their own families whenever safe and possible
  • Better outcomes are achieved when parents are actively involved in decision making about their child's needs and future
  • Children in out-of-home care should achieve developmentally appropriate benchmarks in their physical, psychological, interpersonal, and educational growth
  • Services that actively engage families and build on family strengths achieve more successful outcomes
  • Stable, consistent care for children is essential to healthy development and successful reunification or other permanent living arrangements
  • Culturally responsive and respectful services and reviews that engage families and providers achieve positive results for children in foster care
  • Children are more likely to achieve healthy adulthood if raised in the least restrictive, most family-like environment that is appropriate to their needs