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

Foundation Launches Partnership To Move Results for Maryland “Opportunity Youth”

The Casey Foundation and the Maryland Governor’s Office for Children are launching a results-based leadership program aimed at improving academic and employment outcomes for youth ages 16 to 24 who are neither in school nor working.

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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.  

Sixteen leaders comprise the 2016–2017 class of the Casey Foundation’s Children and Family Fellowship, an intensive, 16-month executive-development leadership program. A new publication tells the stories of how these leaders came to work on behalf of children, families and communities and what they hope to accomplish in the future.

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.