Core Values

Our core values guide all our operations and programs and inform our approaches. We also encourage families to discuss and adopt these values in order to enhance awareness of each other’s needs and personal growth.

Privacy: People thrive when they live free from the intrusions of others into their personal lives, engagements, and information (unless such private information is legitimately obtained by court order). We also recognize that privacy is a key factor in children’s healthy and safe development, and is protected and negotiated by their parent/s or guardian/s.

Confidentiality: We all have an ethical duty to not share another’s private information without that person’s voluntary and informed consent. We realize that sharing such information may cause harm to an individual, his/her/their family, community and/or society.

Inclusivity: “No man is an island” – John Donne. People need to belong to a community for emotional and physical well-being, to have access to food, education, work, transportation, and various services. We strive for a society that embraces holism and pluralism, and recognizes how our lives are deeply integrated. As such, Family Spirals® is non-partisan and non-sectarian. We also recognize family relationships with other animals at home and in the world.

Individual Well-being: We support a high quality of life – safety from physical and psychological harm, body acceptance, high-degrees of autonomy, and resilience. Subsequently, we support families and other social systems in meeting individual needs.

Integrity: How do interact with others when no one is watching (or when policies and institutions are unfair)? Kindness, honesty, and patience govern our actions and drives our struggles for justice, which can only be achieved when our words are aligned with our actions.

Ongoing Learning: Learning requires self-reflection if we are to become aware of our biases, and to understand how thinking is shaped by culture, teachers and experience. We embrace the African proverb that emerged during slavery in the U.S.: “each one teach one.”

updated May 4, 2020