Mission, Vision, and Values

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KVC Kentucky operates on many belief statements and guiding values that structure how we help our clients.  State leaders, parents and communities put their faith in us to advocate for children and families.  KVC provides a vast service care array with a primary focus on in-home and community based services.  Our Diversion and Family Preservation Programs are geared towards keeping families intact and safe.  KVC also offers an adolescent substance abuse program to help them recover from addiction to dangerous and illegal substances.  Our Behavioral Health Services provides therapy and connects clients to community support resources. Our basic and specialized Foster Care Programs provide loving homes and therapy for children in foster care.  All of our programs directly benefit the lives of 10,000 children, adolescents, and adults across eight regions of the state.


It is the mission of KVC to enrich and enhance the lives of children and families by providing medical and behavioral healthcare, social services and education.

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Providing leadership in behavioral healthcare, social services, and professional education through the provision of service delivery models with proven quality and fiscal accountability.

KVC Kentucky also relies on many values that augment our vision and mission.  The values are applied to our agency as a whole and to how we serve our clients. They form the foundation that guides all the work we do. Below are just a few examples:

Organizational Values

  • Excellence is not an act; it’s a habit
    We should strive to be “excellent” every day in every interaction.
  • With privilege comes responsibility  
    KVC has 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 come to KVC for treatment or service, it is our responsibility to figure out the answer(s) with them, not to refer them elsewhere. KVC has 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.