Who Is Lincoln

Whether it’s through working with our partners from local schools and county agencies, or with dedicated community members, Lincoln Child Center’s staff creates innovative programs and services providing a continuum of care for children, youth and families. Our principles, based on serving the Bay Area for 130 years, guide us in providing the best service possible. We remain steadfast in our commitment to being an integral part of the fabric of Oakland communities and delivering programs and services that make a difference in the lives of children and families we serve. Look in our Programs & Services section for descriptions on our programs.

Our Mission

Lincoln Child Center promotes the resiliency and success of children, youth and families impacted by trauma, poverty and other challenging socioeconomic circumstances, through coordinated mental health, education and family support services.

Our Philosophy

As Lincoln Child Center's programs and services have grown and changed over its, more than, 130 years as an organization, the underlying philosophy, values and beliefs that drive our mission have remained.

We believe that all vulnerable and emotionally troubled children need and deserve the opportunity to receive supports and services that will help them to be successful at home, in school and in their community.

We believe that children and families heal through active engagement, positive relationships, and learning new ways of coping with their unique challenges.

We believe that all aspects of the child's life – family, culture, community, education, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender – must be woven into the treatment process in order to have a lasting impact.