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According to Children’s Rights, more than 672,000 children spent time in foster care in 2019, and on any given day, more than 400,000 children in the U.S. are living in foster care. Due to workforce and placement shortages, the child welfare system is struggling to meet the needs of children and families. Child welfare veteran and social entrepreneur Dr. Amelia Franck Meyer believes that providing children with an “uninterrupted sense of belonging” is key to children’s thriving. She founded Alia Innovations, a national “do-tank” that supports child welfare leaders to partner with parents and young people to transform child welfare/foster care. Ashoka’s Manmeet Mehta spoke with Dr. Franck Meyer about what an evolved system would look like, how we get there, and the cost and long-term savings of reform.

Manmeet Mehta: Amelia, why is belonging so important in childhood?

Amelia Franck Meyer: Because children are vulnerable, and

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