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Transforming Foster Care in the United States: Lessons with global implications

5th February 2020 | Q&A WEBINAR

Many countries around the world look to the United States as a strong example of a well-functioning foster care system. Join local experts in this live Q&A webinar on the 5th of February,  to discuss the lessons learned and challenges within the system, as well as the innovative approaches being used to further strengthen foster care.

In this online event, Amelia Frank Meyer – CEO of Alia, and Jennifer Daly – practicing Attorney at Family for Every Child member organisation, Legal Services for Children, presented on:
  • System challenges such as the need for a stronger focus on prevention, family strengthening and keeping families together, including within the extended family
  • Implications from Alia’s recent social return on investment study
  • Recent moves to improve the foster care system in California with the passage of Continuum of Care Reform. This reform provides the statutory and policy framework to ensure services and support provided to youth and their families is tailored toward the ultimate goal of maintaining a stable permanent family, and reduces reliance on congregate care.
  • Innovations generated from Alia’s initiative in fourteen U.S. counties

Presenter | Dr. Amelia Franck Meyer, LISW

Dr. Amelia Franck Meyer is the founder and CEO of Alia: innovations for people and systems impacted by childhood trauma. Alia is building a Proof of Concept that public child welfare agencies can serve as primary prevention agencies with a newly redesigned purpose of keeping children safe with, not from, their families.

Amelia’s 30-years of experience and change efforts have not gone unnoticed. Amelia has received numerous awards for her work in permanency, wellbeing, systems change and innovation. Most recently, Amelia was named one of People Magazine’s “25 Women Changing the World” in 2018.

Presenter | Jennifer Daly

Dr. Amelia Franck Meyer is the founder and CEO of Alia: innovations for people and systems impacted by childhood trauma. Alia is building a Proof of Concept that public child welfare agencies can serve as primary prevention agencies with a newly redesigned purpose of keeping children safe with, not from, their families.

Amelia’s 30-years of experience and change efforts have not gone unnoticed. Amelia has received numerous awards for her work in permanency, wellbeing, systems change and innovation. Most recently, Amelia was named one of People Magazine’s “25 Women Changing the World” in 2018.

Webinar Resources

Reports

Ecotone Report 2019 | The Unseen Costs of Foster Care
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Alia Research Brief 2019
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Presentation Notes

Jennifer Daly's presentation:
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Video Resources

Presentations and live Q&A recordings

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