That will govern our work with clients,
the community, the staff, foster parents, volunteers ... and each other.
Respect and Dignity:
All persons have an inherent right to have their needs and
challenges met in a manner that treats them as individuals worthy of consideration,
and having value simply based upon their being human beings.
Diversity and Inclusivity:
All persons are unique individuals that come
from a particular set of ethno-cultural, faith, gender/ gender identification,
mobility, developmental and experiential backgrounds. We respect where they
have come from, how that has shaped their experiences and adapt our approach to
meet them within that context. We welcome all viewpoints and perspectives in
all that we do.
Timely and Transparent Communication:
We share information with all affected by it in a manner that
is above the table, full and complete. We only restrict information flow when
it is done to protect the rights of those most affected.
Mutual Support and Shared Responsibility:
Each person's work is complementary to that of all others. We
pay particular attention to the intersections of our work, and help each other
in achieving the goals we share.
Service to Clients IS our Core Business:
Every other activity must be performed in a way that supports and
enhances our primary responsibility.
Strength and Resiliency:
Families and children have strengths as well as challenges, and we
build on those strengths to meet the challenges. We are committed to a belief that
we all can grow, change and improve upon individual life circumstances.
Sharing responsibility is also sharing in results. We work together
with families, communities, colleagues and each other to find the answers to what
needs to be done.
Ethics and Morality:
We do what is right, honest and decent even when it is not the easiest
or most popular choice.
COMMON SENSE :
Usually the best solution is the one that makes the most sense to everyone.
Do Onto Others ...:
We treat each other in the manner in which we would wish to be treated.
In the words of Mahatma Gandhi "You must be the change you wish to see in the world."
We honour our responsibility to be truth tellers, and strive for an
environment where even truths that are inconvenient are recognized and adapted to.
Going the Extra Mile:
We make the best use of our human and financial resources and find ways
to maximize on opportunities. Service to others is a virtue and we continually look
for ways to stretch our resources and go out of our way to "do the right thing".
Use Whatever Works:
It never matters whose idea it was or why it works, if it works. We commit
ourselves to learn from what works and replicate it, through ongoing research and evaluation.
TREAT CHILDREN AS IF THEY WERE OUR OWN:
Children in the care of the agency have the same rights as all other
children, and the standard of care we strive for is what we would do for our own children.
NOTHING ABOUT THEM WITHOUT THEM:
We involve clients and staff in every discussion and decision that affects
their lives. We talk to people, not about people.
These values define and shape the way we carry out our Mission. Any
actions that are inconsistent with these values have no place in our work.