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Office of Children's Services: Mission, Vison, Guiding Principles and Values

Mission

Ensuring the safety, permanency and well-being of children by strengthening families, engaging communities, and partnering with Tribes.

Values

Safe children, strong families

Guiding Principles

Safety

Every child has the right to be safe. Family: Children remain in their home whenever safely possible.

Family

Children remain in their home whenever safely possible.

Strength

Families have specific strengths and cultures that are valued.

Connection

Children need lifelong connections to their family, community, and culture.

Permanency

Foster care is temporary; every child deserves a safe and permanent home.

Well-Being

Empowerment is central to the well-being of children and youth.

Community

Community partnerships are essential to engaging and supporting families.

Tribes

Tribes and OCS have a respectful government-to-government relationship.

Core Values of an effective workforce

Hope

Motivates Us:
We anticipate success. We are strengths-based organization. We support and empower people on their journey to success.

Integrity

Directs Us:
We are trustworthy. We are reliable, authentic and loyal. We do what we say we will do. We have the courage to do the right thing.

Respect

Guides Us:
We honor all people. We value the intrinsic dignity and worth of all people. We treat others the way we want to be treated.

Empathy

Leads Us:
We seek to understand. We work to listen and understand the unique perspectives and feelings of others