Fellowship Highlights

We prepare fellows to succeed during the fellowship and rise to higher levels of child welfare leadership upon completion. As a fellow, expect to grow as a leader and innovator and learn child welfare content from renowned experts.

Shape a growing movement. Fellows have a unique opportunity to shape the organization and the experience for future cohorts of fellows. 

Drive social change. Fellows work on high-impact reform projects with measurable impact that position them as leaders within the agency. The results of their projects are not just valuable to that jurisdiction, but are designed to be scalable to address challenges nationwide.

Earn a competitive salary. Fellows work full-time at their placement agency, receiving an annual salary of up to $90,000, plus benefits.

Join an influential network. Fellows regularly convene with other reform-minded fellows, Foster America staff, and luminaries in child welfare and other sectors.


Program Benefits

Pre-service training. Prior to the start of the fellowship, fellows receive an intensive two-week training on results-driven leadership, human-centered design, and child welfare, with the chance to learn from Harvard faculty, top leaders in the field, and stakeholders in the child welfare care system - including youth, families, and foster families.

Ongoing professional development. Fellows will receive ongoing support from their supervisor, a child welfare mentor, and an executive coach.

Alumni services. Upon completion of the one-year fellowship, fellows have the opportunity to extend for an additional year, upon mutual agreement with their host agency and Foster America. In addition, Foster America assists participants who wish to move on to higher levels of leadership in child welfare and related sectors after they complete the program.