Alia's goal is to transform the U.S. Child welfare system from the inside out. It seeks to infuse well-researched, proven methods into public and private systems to create a well-being transformation so ALL youth in foster care are able to thrive.
Alia's work implements full-system well being that provides leaders, staff, foster parents, and youth new tools to understand trauma and to promote healing.
Alia's strategy of producing transformative impact in child welfare is threefold: to partner, create, and engage.
Partner: Alia convenes experts in the field to bring together thought leaders and subject matter experts to connect the dots between bright spots in the field and align efforts to increase impact across multiple spheres of influence in child welfare.
Create: Alia uses emerging research, data, and knowledge gained through on-going projects to develop leadership and practice tools, strategies, and interventions to share with the field.
Engage: Alia actively engages in systems to improve knowledge and create a sense of urgency for change and build individual and organizational resilience and well-being through workshops, assessment, coaching, SME consultation, and strategy development and implementation.
Guiding our work is Alia's Theory of change, based on the foundation principles developed using current and emerging research and decades of experience working in child welfare.
Alia Foundational Principles
1. In order to thrive, children need to be raised in permanent families, preferable their own whenever safely possible.
2. When separation is necessary, children must be provided an opportunity to heal the grief, loss, and trauma that results from their separation.
3. The wellbeing of youth is directly related to the wellbeing and stability of their caregivers. When the workforce has lower levels of compassion fatigue and turnover, children are safer and achieve permanency in greater numbers.
4. Leaders pay a key role in establishing and ensuring a safe, s table, and healthy organizational culture.
5. Individual and organizational resilience can be learned and cultivated.
We believe and research supports, in order to improve outcomes for youth and families, emphasis must be placed on stabilizing and attending to the wellbeing and stability of the workforce serving them. In order to be successful we must create a system where everyone - youth, families, and the workforce - can thrive.
Therefore, Alia uses an evidence-informed strategy focused on both stabilizing and supporting the workforce and implementing trauma-effective practices for youth and their caregivers.
Create and Advance Knowledge
Alia engages in advancing knowledge and creating a sense of urgency for systems transformation.
Partner to Transform Systems
Alia engages in systems to through technical assistance and demonstration projects that provide tools, tactics, and techniques to improve workforce well-being and intensive permanence services.
Engage and Drive Innovation
Alia engages in guiding full system transformation to align bright spots that already exist and re-imagine child welfare.
Looking forward, Alia strives to impact the child welfare system on a meta-level so that treating trauma becomes a pervasive and essential component of social work education, child welfare worker training and foster care system practices. Because we know better, we must do better and be better going forward.
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