KVC uses many guiding values and belief statements which provide the foundation for all we do. State leaders, parents and communities put their faith in us to advocate for children and families. Today, we provide a vast continuum of care with a primary focus on home and community-based behavioral healthcare and child welfare services, directly touching the lives of more than 60,000 people each year.
To provide leadership in child welfare and behavioral healthcare through the development and provision of effective practices with proven outcomes of safety, permanency and wellbeing.
To enrich and enhance the lives of children and families by providing medical and behavioral healthcare, social services and education.
KVC’s Guiding Values
We have always operated under a plethora of guiding values or belief statements and “isms” (sayings or quotations – internal or external – that capture the essence of our beliefs). These have been stated in a variety of ways over the past 44 years and are of great importance. They form the foundation that guides all the work we do. Below are just a few examples.
- Excellence is not an act; it’s a habit
We should strive to be “excellent” every day in every interaction.
- With privilege comes responsibility
We have the privilege of serving tens of thousands of children and families each day. It is our responsibility to live up to the expectation people have for quality services. Helping families address their needs and helping care for others’ children is an awesome responsibility and one never to be taken lightly.
- There is no magic answer down the street
If a child and family comes to us for treatment or service, it is our responsibility to figure out the answer(s) with them, not to refer them elsewhere. We have the resources, creativity, energy and commitment needed to find solutions.
- Attack the problem, not the person
We must all be able to “check our egos at the door” and attack barriers, without attacking individual people. The goal is to proactively identify needs and address them.
Children and Family Values:
- Children grow best in families
Research shows that children do better in a family environment rather than living in an institution such as a group home. It takes positive role models and in-home practice for a child to learn how a healthy family operates. We focus on matching children with families such as relatives, other kin or foster families. Ultimately, each child is moving toward reintegration with their birth family or, when that’s not possible, adoption.
- Families know best
Families are the experts concerning their own strengths, needs and resources. They have the right to define their own “family” and to protect their own children. Families can make good decisions for their children. Each child and family has the right to be heard concerning their individual needs. All families, whatever the definition, deserve respect and understanding.
- Children can’t wait
Children must have their needs met in a timely manner. A month, a week, or even a day to a child who is separated from family can seem like a lifetime. The possibility of successful reintegration of children placed in out-of-home care decreases in direct correlation to the time they remain away from their families. Significant family visitation and interactions help meet the needs of children while increasing the likelihood of reunification. Concurrent case planning can expedite permanency in child time.
- What would you want for your child?
We often ask each other, “What would you want if this were your child?” Asking this question puts situations in perspective quickly and drives us to seek each child’s best interests. Viewing each child as our own is, quite simply, a way to practice the “Golden Rule” – treat others as you want to be treated.
These are just a few of our many values. Which of our values resonate most with you? What would you add to the list? Let us know with a comment on Facebook.