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Child Welfare Virtual Expo 2020 – Developing and Measuring the Success of a Comprehensive Prevention Framework

The theme of the fifth annual Virtual Expo “Strengthening Families Through Prevention and Collaboration”, will provide information and strategies to help agencies strengthen families, support implementation of the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA), and create prevention-oriented child welfare systems that focus on keeping families together and improving the lives of children, youth, and families.

This session explores strategies for developing a comprehensive community prevention framework across all levels of prevention and examines how the impact of systems in the prevention framework can be analyzed and measured through data analysis and continuous quality improvement.

Developing and understanding the effectiveness of prevention programs requires a sustained collaborative investment in preventing abuse and neglect at the community level. A major factor in the success of prevention programs is the collection and thoughtful use of data to inform what services will best meet the needs of children and families, and to measure successes and opportunities for improvement. Session participants will hear from child welfare agency leaders, private providers, courts, and families who have been involved in these efforts, their challenges and successes, and their vision for building a more prevention-focused system in the age of the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA).



Amelia Franck Meyer

Amelia Franck Meyer (Ed.D.) is the founder and CEO of the national nonprofit organization Alia. Alia is building a proof of concept for the idea that public child welfare agencies can serve as primary prevention agencies that focus on keeping children safe with—not from—their families. Team Alia has expertise in workforce well-being, leadership supports, and permanency, as well as in building prevention systems that keep children safe with their families, building empathy and trauma-informed care into child welfare practices, and using human-centered design to codesign innovative systems change with families and communities.

Dr. Franck Meyer has over 30 years of experience as an innovator in child welfare and was named as one of People Magazine’s “25 Women Changing the World” in 2018. She has a TEDx Talk, “The Human Need for Belonging,” which has been viewed more than 50,000 times and has the distinguished honor of being named a Bush Fellow and an Ashoka Fellow. Dr. Franck Meyer and Team Alia are passionate about a national movement to create a child welfare system where all people can thrive. Alia works with child welfare leaders who are innovators and early adapters in jurisdictions around the country and the globe to create transformational change.