Vision, Mission, Values 

Our Vision

Every child and family has access to comprehensive services provided by a child life professional as an integral part of their health care experience.



ACLP advances the field of child life by establishing and maintaining professional standards, enhancing the professional growth and development of members, and advancing credibility of the child life profession by fostering research and promoting the efficacy of child life practice.

Core Values - Our Guiding Principles


Demonstrated by organizational and financial decisions focused on moving the profession forward, empowering members, and sustaining a viable member-centric association.


Demonstrated by an organizational culture reflective of our professional community's respect for the value of different cultures, experiences, and points of view. 


Demonstrated by personal and organizational integrity, transparency, fairness, and credibility in relationships and communications.


Demonstrated by the credibility and respect given to our work and to our members.


Demonstrated by the adaptability needed to maintain consistent quality, value, and usefulness in member services and programs.


Demonstrated by leadership consistently open and responsive to new ideas that advance the child life profession.

Diversity Statement

The Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP) is committed to fostering diversity by offering a welcoming and supportive environment for its members and its leadership--and for the infants, children, youth, and families whom it serves. It is our policy to maintain an environment that respects variations in culture, age, gender, race, ethnicity, physical ability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, religious affiliation, veteran status, and socioeconomic status.

Recognizing that diversity enriches the field of child life and enhances creativity and professional growth within the child life community, the ACLP encourages all aspects of diversity. This commitment requires continued effort to attract and develop qualified applicants of diverse backgrounds whose unique life experiences and ways of thinking foster a culture of inclusion and diverse perspectives.  

The ACLP affirms the need to attract individuals from diverse backgrounds and build on an organizational environment that values engagement, stimulates innovation, and inspires performance that leads to the advancement of its members.

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