· All children, who are referred due to being at a level of risk that is unacceptable to the community, receive services.
· An immediate response to every community concern about a child’s being abused, neglected, or dependent
· Children who are found to be abused or neglected are protected.
· Appropriate and effective intervention with all referred families exhibiting abusive/neglectful patterns of behavior
· Intervention that protects the child, whether it be by providing the family with services or by removal of the child, depending on the risk
· Effective implementation of the services and supports that are necessary to ensure the child’s safety
· Each child receives what he or she needs even if the system makes that difficult.
· Permanent family environments for all LCCS children whether with natural parents, kinship families, or adoptive families that provide for their physical, emotional, developmental, and cultural needs
· Thorough investigation of all reports of alleged abuse and neglect, including physical, emotional, and sexual aspects
· Assessment of the child’s level of risk, using only culturally appropriate assessment techniques and procedures