with the focus group research discussed earlier, the primary outcome is safety
for each child served by the agency. LCCS refers to this outcome as
Next, LCCS values permanence for each child
served by the agency. This is operationally defined as a safe, stable home for
each child within one year of the agency’s first contact with the child.
Further, LCCS holds prevention as a guiding
value. This includes activities that assure that all instances of abuse and
neglect in the county are reported, that immediate intervention protects the
children, that services reduce the likelihood of future abuse and neglect, and
that factors and conditions that are thought to contribute to abuse and neglect
are reduced and eliminated in the community. For example, support of the
“Early Start” program for young children and their families is thought
to reduce the likelihood of future abuse and neglect.
In addition to the above, LCCS holds the well
being and long term success of each child served by the agency as core values.
Underlying all services and programs is an ongoing agency commitment to fiscal
responsibility and public accountability. This, then, establishes the first
dimension of the LCCS stakeholder map. It includes: protection, permanence,
well-being, and long term success for each child served by the agency along
with prevention of abuse and neglect of children in the community, financial
responsibility, and public accountability. This is the “outcome”
dimension of the stakeholder map.