Bring together leaders from varied professional backgrounds, geographic regions and racial and ethnic groups that form a powerful learning community.

Provide those who participate in our programs, called Fellows, with a series of professional development opportunities, including executive seminars, peer consultations and individual coaching.

Hone the skills of participants in making data-driven decisions; developing effective strategies; understanding systems; leading through complexity and ambiguity; and collaborating.

Offer 10 four- to five-day seminars that build the competencies of Fellows to achieve results and equitable opportunities for kids and families. The seminars help advance the Fellows chosen project, provide an opportunity to explore leadership challenges and introduce them to leaders and organizations who are producing measurable results for children and families.

Fellows are working in leadership positions serving children and families in communities around the country:

In Leaders for a Lifetime, read about the history of the Fellowship and what Fellows say about their experience.

Collaborative grants support Fellows around the country in working together.

Read how a Casey Fellow used results-based leadership to reduce the number of kids in Baltimore’s foster care system.

Every three years, the Fellowship accepts nominations and applications. The next application process begins June 4, 2018.

The Fellowship seeks talented, accomplished and ambitious professionals from across the country who want to strengthen public and nonprofit systems in ways that make them more effective, efficient, equitable and reliable. The Foundation seeks people who strive for excellence and hold accountability for measurable results, who want to accelerate their professional and personal development  and who want to amplify their effectiveness and make a greater difference.

Candidates must have the following:

  • a minimum of 10 years of professional experience in the social sector, characterized by increasing levels of responsibility serving children and families (for example, directors, deputies, program managers, department heads and executives). 
  • a strong record of achievement and career advancement and have set their sights on even higher levels of effectiveness and influence. 
  • a demonstrated a commitment to assisting underserved communities, reducing racial disparities and managing a diverse workforce.
  • an understanding regarding the value of having client populations reflected in the diversity of employee populations and how race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation and language affect service delivery, policy, practice, advocacy and leadership decisions.
  • a commitment to closing disparity gaps and achieving equitable opportunities for all children, youth and their families — most specifically those who are low income and of color.

Since launching in 1993, 10 cohorts have participated in the Children and Family Fellowship. Learn more about the leaders who participated in each class.

One of the greatest long-term benefits of the Fellowship is the opportunity for all Fellows to become part of the growing network of influential Casey Fellows across the country.

The Network does the following:

  • supports collaborative activities among Fellows and encourages them to take advantage of the wealth of knowledge and expertise of other Fellows;
  • meets annually and conducts ongoing professional development activities; and
  • offers ongoing consultation and leadership to the Fellowship program and the Foundation.

From the Blog

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A new infographic offers a glimpse into some of these accomplishments from the Foundation’s 2017 investments. 2017 Making a Difference offers selected data points under the Foundation’s four strategy areas: family, opportunity, community and strategies for scale.

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Two public sector leaders in the Seattle are working to make homelessness rare and brief by applying leadership skills and tools they gleaned from the Foundation’s Children and Family Fellowship®.

Hear from Our Fellows

Rethinking Foster Care

Molly McGrath Tierney, a former Casey Fellow and social services leader in Baltimore, talks about her efforts to transform the city's child welfare system.

Transformative Leadership

For more than 20 years, the Children and Family Fellowship has been a dynamic force in public systems and communities around the country. This is its story.

Opportunities to Lead

Enid Rey, director of the Office of School Choice for Hartford, Connecticut, Public Schools, discusses the opportunities available to Fellowship participants.