The work we do in child life is filled with stories of positive impact on children and families, healthcare practitioners, and communities around the world. Each member of our association has stories to share and is dedicated to the ongoing promotion of ACLP’s vision that all children and families have access to comprehensive services provided by a child life professional as an integral part of their health care experience.
We included these voices and those of external stakeholders in the strategic planning process, which occurred August-September, 2018, through surveys, focus groups, and one-on-one interviews. Those consulted included hospital-based child life specialists, non-traditional/community-based child life specialists, children and families, child life academics and students, committee leaders, ACLP staff and leadership, and external stakeholders. The opinions and data gathered informed the strategic planning meeting, which was facilitated by highly respected consultant Lowell Aplebaum of Vista Cova Consulting.
The outcome of this process is a new strategic plan to guide ACLP initiatives over the next three years. The Board carefully considered overarching trends impacting the child life profession in the context of current conditions and emerging developments that will present both great opportunities and serious challenges for the field.
A complete version of the strategic plan will be available for download soon. The new Mission and Vision are below. If you have questions or comments that you would like to share with ACLP's Board of Directors, please contact us.
Mission and Vision
ACLP advances psychosocial care and the emotional safety of children, youth and families impacted by healthcare and significant life experiences.
ACLP fosters child life professionals through:
* Standards and Credentialing
* Connection, Collaboration and Community
* Evidence-Based Practice
* Professional Development
* Championing the Child Life Profession