What We Believe

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.


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, stable, and healthy organizational culture.
5. Individual and organizational resilience can be learned and cultivated.

Therefore, we believe to improve outcomes for youth and families, emphasis must be placed on stabilizing and attending to the wellbeing of the workforce serving them.

We believe transformation happens in three phases:

What We Believe


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.