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 projects, provide opportunities 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 last application process ended on September 7, 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 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, with 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, with sights on even higher levels of effectiveness and influence;
  • 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; and
  • 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

Children and Family Fellows

Eleventh Class of Children and Family Fellows Announced

The Casey Foundation has selected 15 leaders for the eleventh class of its Children and Family Fellowship. These women and men will use the 21-month Fellowship to work within their agencies, organizations and communities toward specific, measurable improvements for large numbers of young people and families.

Read More

The Annie E. Casey Foundation is seeking nominations and applications for its signature Children and Family Fellowship. The executive leadership program, which will run from April 2019 to January 2021, aims to empower child and family-serving professionals to lead major system reforms and community change initiatives that get results.

Hear from Our Fellows

A Better Foster Care System

In a conversation with Casey, Rafael López — the managing director of Accenture’s health and public services practice, a former commissioner of the U.S. Administration on Childrenm, Youth and Families and Casey Fellow — explores today's foster care system, how it works and where it falls short.

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.

Barbara Squires from the Annie E. Casey Foundation

Squires on Social Sector Leadership

Barbara Squires oversees an array of initiatives aimed at increasing the pool of diverse leaders equipped to improve results for kids, families and communities. In this interview, she highlights what makes the Children and Family Fellowship a unique and transformative experience.