helping systems keep kids
safely with their families

(not from their families)


A child’s need for an uninterrupted sense of love and belonging
is necessary for healthy development, however our current
foster care system was not built on this foundation.

It’s time to rebuild together.

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Who We Are

We're a Minnesota based national nonprofit "do-tank." Founded in research and family voice, we support innovative leaders and systems related to child welfare.

What we do

We redesign child welfare by equipping leaders in agencies with the support they need for systems change. We help communities ask the right questions and solve the right problems.

Why We Do It

Our current practices in child welfare do not yet align with what we know about the needs of children and families. We know we can do better.

A story of learning, healing, loving and commitment

HeartShare St. Vincent's Services, a NY nonprofit, decided in 2017 that they were no longer willing to watch youth age out of the child welfare system with no legal connection or person who claims them. By the end of three-year permanency partnership work with Alia, 67% of the youth in the program found or made significant advancements toward permanence.

Read their story
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unsystem innovation cohort

Since March 2018, we have been convening a group of five jurisdictions with the goal of moving their systems toward UnSystems.



our project work

We partner with agencies across the U.S in short and long-term engagements to create sustainable, meaningful change.

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upcoming offerings

Join us at one of our virtual 2020 Summits, or register for one of our virtual trainings!