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 and her team believe that what all children need most is an uninterrupted sense of belonging that only their family can provide.
Alia works with child welfare leaders who are innovators and early adapters in jurisdictions around the country and the globe to create transformational change child welfare. Team Alia and partners are laser-focused on building a new way of work that focuses on helping parents to safely parent their children, not separating families and “treating” children after abuse has already occurred. Additionally, Amelia and her team are building evidence for a new way including commissioning social return on investment studies, research briefs, and outcomes reports to help chart a new pathway forward with a strong commitment to anti-racism.
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. In 2015, Amelia was named as a Bush Foundation Fellow and an Ashoka Fellow. Amelia and Team Alia are leading a national movement to bring together child welfare innovators and those with lived experience to build a better way, together!
Closing Keynote Presentation:
Friday, January 10th, 10:30am