A caring community that builds on its strengths to provide meaningful opportunities for children, families and individuals to achieve self-sufficiency, attain their highest potential, and contribute to the public good.


To provide leadership and influence to engage the Kansas City Community in creating the best service delivery system to support and strengthen children, families and individuals, holding that system accountable, and changing public attitudes towards the system.

Guiding Principles

  1. COMPREHENSIVENESS: Provide ready access to a full array of effective services.

  2. PREVENTION: Emphasize “front-end” services that enhance development and prevent problems, rather than “back-end” crisis intervention.

  3. OUTCOMES: Measure system performance by improved outcomes for children and families, not simply by the number and kind of services delivered.

  4. INTENSITY: Offering services to the needed degree and in the appropriate time.

  5. PARTICIPANT INVOLVEMENT: Use the needs, concerns, and opinions of individuals who use the service delivery system to drive improvements in the operation of the system.

  6. NEIGHBORHOODS: Decentralize services to the places where people live, wherever appropriate, and utilize services to strengthen neighborhood capacity.

  7. FLEXIBILITY AND RESPONSIVENESS: Create a delivery system, including programs and reimbursement mechanisms, that are sufficiently flexible and adaptable to respond to the full spectrum of child, family and individual needs.

  8. COLLABORATION: Connect public, private and community resources to create an integrated service delivery system.

  9. STRONG FAMILIES: Work to strengthen families, especially the capacity of parents to support and nurture the development of their children.

  10. RESPECT AND DIGNITY: Treat families, and the staff who work with them, in a respectful and dignified manner.

  11. INTERDEPENDENCE/MUTUAL RESPONSIBILITY: Balance the need for individuals to be accountable and responsible with the obligation of community to enhance the welfare of all citizens.

  12. CULTURAL COMPETENCY: Demonstrate the belief that diversity in the historical, cultural, religious and spiritual values of different groups is a source of great strength.

  13. CREATIVITY: Encourage and allow participants and staff to think and act innovatively, to take risks, and to learn from their experiences and mistakes.

  14. COMPASSION: Display an unconditional regard and a caring, non-judgmental attitude toward, participants that recognizes their strengths and empowers them to meet their own needs.

  15. HONESTY: Encourage and allow honesty among all people in the system.

Core Results

LINC's work is organized around achieving results in these nine core areas:

  1. Adults working
  2. Children and youth succeeding in school
  3. Healthy children and families
  4. Young children ready to enter school
  5. Children safe in their families and families safe in their communities
  6. Youth prepared for productive adulthood
  7. Elders and people with disabilities valued and living as they choose
  8. Well-informed citizens making decisions about their communities
  9. Strong, thriving neighborhoods


Here's a copy of the 1992 speech given by Bert Berkley, LINC founder, at the very first meeting of the LINC Commission.