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(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.

Alia is a Minnesota-based national nonprofit that supports and convenes innovators in public and private child welfare agencies to transform the child welfare system. We have set out to obsolete the need for foster care as we know it by creating and supporting new approaches where children and their families can thrive.

What IF … our foster care system truly reflected the best interests of children? What if we cared for those with the greatest need the very same way we care for our own children? What if we guaranteed every child a safe, loving, permanent family that healed their wounds and fostered their  launch as successful young adults?  What if we turned the current broken system on its head?

With your help, WE CAN!

In the United States, over 650,000 children spend time being raised within the child welfare system each year. In addition to the traumatic impact on each of these children, the cost to society is staggering. According to the Center for Disease Control, the United States spends $124 billion dollars a year on the treatment and care of the children in the foster care system. Despite its price tag, the current system is remarkably ineffective.

Dr. Amelia Franck Meyer is the founder and CEO Alia. Amelia and Team Alia believe that “Families are the solution” (not the problem).  In 2018, People Magazine named Amelia Franck Meyer one of 25 Women Changing the World. 

Alia’s mission is to inspire and drive transformative change for the people and systems entrusted with the care and welfare of children. Our work focuses on partnering with early adopters and innovators in the field of child welfare to dramatically improve outcomes for youth and families, and to create meaningful, sustainable change. We guide and support courageous child welfare leaders on the forefront of systems change who are building a movement to preserve the family connections needed for lifelong success.

Shifting our child welfare system toward keeping children safely with their families, not from, requires shifting the way we think.

Changing the Story 

It is time to stop unnecessary family separations, and to ensure children and families have the support they need to thrive. Together, we will build a way forward that prioritizes multi-generational approaches to wellbeing, building on the strengths and wisdom of children and families.

Because we know better, we must do better and be better.

   What is Alia all about?

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Children & Family Community

BIPOC Serving

BIPOC Serving


1000 University Ave W Suite 230
St. Paul, MN 55104


651 705 8872

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