Hands in a Circle

Mission, Purpose, & Philosophy

Mission:  Enhancing the lives of children and their families in southwest Iowa.

Purpose:  Southwest Iowa Families, Inc. exists to provide social and mental health services and supports for families in the areas of southwest Iowa and northwest Missouri.

Philosophy: We believe that children are a gift of God and that families are granted the responsibility of nurturing this gift. Agency programs will support families in caring for their families in accordance with the following principles:

  • All children have a right to be raised in a safe and nurturing environment. ¬†Programs and services that focus on the promotion of family life and the prevention of unhealthy circumstances for infants and young children are good stewardship of resources.
  • Prevention is a key in the promotion of the well-being of all children, including the aspects of physical and mental health and spiritual, educational and social development.
  • It is more effective to help families prevent problems rather than to focus exclusively on treating existing problems.
  • All families and individuals have the capacity to grow and change. This capacity is enhanced when families are provided support, information, alternatives, and resources.
  • Parents who are confident and competent in parenting roles are more likely to raise healthy, productive children.
  • All families have desires and priorities related to meeting their needs and these change over time. A family’s own natural support system may need to be enhanced by varying levels of community support to meet their needs over time as well.
  • The Christian Church offers a spiritual foundation for service and a caring community: families grow in communities and all families need supportive communities.
  • Effective systems are responsive, flexible, integrated, and accessible to children and their families.