System of Care

Our Mission


Local youth, families, and community partners collaborating to build an aligned, comprehensive network to elevate policies and practices and promote safety, health, and wellness for all youth and families.

Vision: A community where youth and families thrive in their homes and neighborhoods.

    What We Value

    • Inclusive & Accessible: We value timely, equitable access to services and supports wanted and needed by all youth and families with a commitment to ensuring service equity for those impacted by systemic racism.

    • Culturally Responsive & Community-Based: We value services and supports that honor a person’s preferred language, culture, and identity while promoting home and community-based outcomes.
    • Youth-Driven & Family-Guided: We value the elevation of youth and family voices and commit to empowering youth to lead alongside community partners.
      • Holistic: We recognize the importance of aligning systems to take a holistic, person-centered approach when supporting youth and families in their community.

      • Prevention: We value upstream thinking and resource development that sets families up for success.

      Our Network

      Our System of Care network is made up of committed partners from local child, youth, and family-serving organizations, systems, resources, initiatives, etc. You can view our full network listing here.

          Strategic Plan: Coming Soon

          In December 2023, the System of Care completed a yearlong strategic planning process which built out our 2024 Strategic Plan. Click the image below to take a deeper look at our four goals!

          Current Barriers

          Did you know that one of the core responsibilities of the System of Care is to work toward elimination of what gets in the way of access to care and resources for children, youth, and families locally? Check out our barrier tracker to see what barriers we are working on currently!

          Second Annual Marion-Polk Children, Youth, & Family Services Summit

          March 7th 2024

          This year, the summit brought together 300 child, youth, and family-serving partners across the Marion-Polk region to:

          • Highlight community developments that are child, youth, and family-centered.
          • Identify opportunities for greater community alignment and partnership.
          • Collaborate around how we collectively foster resilience and belonging within our community.
          • Provide an opportunity for our community to come together to celebrate local efforts and continue to relationship build.


          See our highlights of the day in our recap video below!


          Community Engagement with System of Care


          Our continued work depends the voices of local youth and families with lived experience and our committed partners.

          Want to join our network and use your voice, skills, and experience to create positive change in the Marion-Polk community for local children, youth, and families? Reach out to the contacts below for more information.



          Heather Pascoe (she/her)

          SOC Manager


          Laura Moran (she/her)

          Community Engagement Coordinator