Since 1899 Children's Aid and Family Services has been recognized as a leader in adoption and specialty therapeutic services for children who have been severely traumatized and abused. We, volunteers and staff, are dedicated to working together to develop and enhance the agency's capacity to provide special needs adoption, early childhood education, foster care, counseling, and other social services to those who are disadvantaged, at-risk or in crisis. We believe that vulnerable and wounded children, as well as all human beings, have the capacity to learn, to heal, and to grow. We believe that interdependent relationships that practice and teach mutual respect, responsibility, honesty and permanency play an integral and powerful role in a person's growth and development at all stages of life. Furthermore, we believe that self-sufficiency is intrinsic to human dignity and to society's health and prosperity. These beliefs are the foundation upon which our mission rests and upon which we pledge the resources and talents of a caring and accountable organization.