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Mission, Vision, Values & Goals

Latino Family Institute is an Adoption, Foster Care, and Family Support agency dedicated to improving social welfare conditions leading to increased family functioning. We enrich society's foundation by advocating for and implementing culturally effective interventions that elevate the collective well-being of our families.

Our Mission

Latino Family Institute is an Adoption, Foster Care, and Family Support agency dedicated to improving social welfare conditions leading to increased family functioning. We enrich society's foundation by advocating for and implementing culturally effective interventions that elevate the collective well-being of our families.

Our Vision:

The Latino Family Institute seeks to advance social welfare conditions facing Spanish dominant families. Our vision for every child to have love and permanency in their family of origin. We aspire to preserve the integrity of Latin American cultures among adoptive families and to promote kinship adoptions as a preferred alternative to family integration. We envision a social environment that is sensitive to the complex needs of children in Foster Care and one that is active in reducing the vulnerabilities of such delicate families.

Our Values:

  • Leadership- serving as an advocate for change

  • Responsibility- for the collective well-being for our community

  • Respect- acknowledging our diversity and honoring our uniqueness

  • Commitment- to culturally relevant practices

  • Collaboration- understanding the need to maximize resources

Our Goals:

  • Maintain children in their families of origin.

  • Reunify children with their parents or extended family.

  • Increase the number of permanent homes for children.

  • Preserve the integrity of resource parents.

  • Elevate the Latino community's awareness of the need for Latino resource families.

  • Expand the number of culturally relevant assessment services.

  • Facilitate and support Kinship adoptions.

  • Train child welfare professionals and social work student interns on issues related to the Latino child welfare, adoption and foster care.

Agency has implemented new trainings for staff and parents that integrate the neurorelational  and neurodevelopment perspectives throughout services delivery.  LFI recognizes the importance of this work with the growing number of children zero to six that comprise the majority of agency’s placements.  Special emphasis is placed on providing education to maximize children’s social emotional development, attachment and regulatory conditions.  

 

The importance of parental self-care and supportive services to families parenting children with multiple histories of early trauma and developmental delays promoting resilience is another area of focus for the organization.