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Mission, Vision, and Values


The mission of the Department of Children and Families is to work in partnership with local communities to protect the vulnerable, promote strong and economically self-sufficient families, and advance personal and family recovery and resiliency. Ch.20.19 F.S.


We are a highly skilled workforce committed to empowering people with complex and varied needs to achieve the best outcomes for themselves and their families. In collaboration with community stakeholders, we will deliver world class and continuously improving service focused on providing the people we serve with the level and quality that we would demand and expect for our own families.


A workforce that operates with integrity maintains loyalty to a code of ethics that requires the courage to take responsibility for providing the highest quality of service to the vulnerable. We are a solutions-focused learning organization built on a foundation of transparency in action and accountability of results. Both within the organization and among our stakeholders, we thrive in a culture of respect for diversity of opinion that is nurtured through open communication. High performing and committed, we are unified in our goal of excellence in achieving quality outcomes for those we serve.


Systems Integration:

The Department oversees diverse and multi-faceted systems of care that must be designed, managed and continuously improved. We must be experts in the systematic integration and coordination of services to optimize available resources and drive the best possible outcomes for each person we serve.

Vendor Relationship Management:

The services for which we are responsible are delivered through a complex network of vendors and community partners. It is critical that we ensure vendors and community partners share in our mission and vision – it is not enough for them to simply deliver services. They must uphold our values and maintain a commitment to world class service and outcomes. We must balance partnership with accountability.

Data Analytics:

Everything we do must be outcome-based and solution-focused. We must analyze data and information in multidimensional ways to gain deep understanding of system issues and challenges. We use analytic data to drive daily actions; inform strategic, operational, and financial decision-making; and improve outcomes.

World Class Workforce:

Because we have a sacred mission to protect the vulnerable with the same passion we have for our own families, we must have a committed and competent workforce. Our workforce is truly our most valuable asset. We are committed to recruiting, developing, and retaining a world class workforce to support this organization now and into the future.