After two years of system readiness and community mobilizing, a design sprint in October 2022 resulted in the IDEA BOOK: A New Future for Families – created in partnership with Black parents in Beloit.
To address project goals, the Rock County Equity Project focuses on community response in Beloit, where Black families are overrepresented in the system.
A Community Cultivator hired by Alia leads the effort of engage impacted parents in Beloit (a group now self-described as the “BeeHive”) to co-create ways of addressing the three project goals. The ultimate vision is to promote family stability and wellbeing.
Alia advances the Rock County Equity Project by convening and supporting project stakeholders: system leaders, design facilitator, community members, and project funders.
Internal capacity building and community co-design work in Rock County since 2018 has lead to an overall decrease in the number of youth in care by 73% and the use of residential care by 34%.