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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Lessons in System Redesign

In March of 2018, Alia launched the UnSystem Innovation Cohort, a group of child welfare leaders and wisdom guides with professional and lived experience. For three years, this group of changemakers committed to micro and macro shifts that would produce widespread approaches to keeping families safely together. Read the Year 2 Alia UnSystem Innovation Cohort case study to learn more about these approaches and the outcomes they achieved over three years.

Read more about the Cohort
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Dear Leaders

If leaders are to create something new that promotes connection, healing, and justice, they must work side-by-side with families and communities to build it. Dear Leaders is a tool that was created by a group of lived experts and local leaders, as a resource of starting points for leaders in child welfare to bring family voice and power to the system.

Learn more about the tool
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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.

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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

Each year, we offer a variety of trainings, Summits and webinars, as well as a course with the University of Minnesota!

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