Our Guiding Principles

In November 2008, St. Louis County voters passed a 1/4 cent sales tax measure, also known as Proposition 1 and Putting Kids First, which created a community children's service fund to provide mental health and substance abuse services for children and youth ages nineteen and under in St. Louis County.

The St. Louis County Children's Service Fund is entrusted to invest the funds and relies on the following guiding principles to direct its efforts:

             1. We respect and strengthen the family, and seek for all children, youth, and their families the opportunity to achieve their fullest potential. 

  2. With the fullest integrity, we invest wisely in partnerships, advocacy, and systems of care to create change and earn the community's trust.

  3. We promote research-based best practices that are culturally competent and sensitive.

  4. We target early intervention and prevention services to our most vulnerable children, families, and neighborhoods, while advocating for the increased availability of needed services for all.

  5. We are responsive to the community and focus on supporting parents with high-quality choices for their children and families while providing tools to be effective and loving guardians of their children.

  6. We provide resources for capacity building of partner agencies to help them implement best practices and continuously improve their performance so that clients receive the best quality care.

  7. We engage in a parallel process of leading by example and modeling quality by continuously evaluating and improving our own processes and performance.


St. Louis County Youth Connection Helpline: 1 (877) 928-2929



St. Louis County Children's Service Fund, 222 South Meramec Avenue, Suite 202, Clayton, Missouri, 63105.



Phone: (314) 615-5850, Fax: (314) 615-5858

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