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

Casey Foundation Announces Tenth Class of Children and Family Fellows

Outstanding human service and social change leaders from 13 states will develop results-based leadership skills to build bright futures for children and families.

Read More

The Foundation is seeking nominations and applications for the tenth class of its signature Children and Family Fellowship — an intensive executive leadership program, now in its third decade, designed to give more child and family-serving professionals the confidence and competence to lead major system reforms and community change initiatives that get results. 

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.