We are committed to the goals of supporting children, youth, and families in achieving better outcomes in the areas of resilience, education, and health. These outcome goals and the supporting strategic priorities, are essential to our agency’s work — they guide what we do and the decisions we make every day.
After months of cross-agency work in 2018, including input from hundreds of internal and external stakeholders around the state, we developed nine population-level outcome goals for DCYF related to the resilience, education, and health of children, youth, and families.
To enable the agency to meet these outcome goals for children, youth, and families in Washington State, DCYF will focus on six Strategic Priorities – one relates to equity, three relate to our intention for children, youth, and families, and two relate to building necessary agency capacity to accomplish our work. These priorities are grounded in the mission, vision, values, and legislative purpose of DCYF.
Overarching all of our work is the goal to eliminate disparities so that race and family income are no longer predictors of child/youth well-being. We need to continue to thoughtfully address equity and disproportionality while also understanding and accounting for bias within data.