Increase the pool of leaders with the vision, drive and ability to make changes that benefit large numbers of children and families.

Provide Fellows with intensive learning opportunities such as group seminars and individual coaching to build their leadership skills using a results-based leadership approach.

Select participants who are accomplished executives who have already made a difference in the lives of disadvantaged children and families and have set their sights on doing more.

Children and Family Fellows are working in leadership positions serving children and families in communities around the country, and continue collaboration through the Children and Family Fellows Network.

The Foundation’s $2.2 million direct investment in Fellowship mini-grants has yielded impressive returns, including $29.3 million in additional funds leveraged and critical changes to government systems and operations in 11 states or municipalities.

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.

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

From the Blog

Rafael López Envisions a Better National Foster Care System

Casey’s Lisa Hamilton talks with Rafael López about America’s child welfare system. Their conversation explores the system today, how it works and where it falls short. López also shares ideas aimed at transforming the system to better serve children and families in crisis.

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Casey’s Dennis Campa oversees two national networks of state advocacy organizations focused on improving the lives of vulnerable kids and families. In this Five Questions edition, Campa talks about the importance of state-based advocacy and how the Foundation uses national networks to help drive state policy reform.  

Hear from Our Fellows

video: 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.

video: transformative leadership

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

video: opportunities to lead

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