Meet Our Fellows

Foster America has launched three cohorts to date, for a total of 38 fellows working across twenty state and county jurisdictions nationwide.


Cohort 1

In October 2016, we launched our first cohort of fellows, who accepted full-time positions at the child welfare agencies serving New York City, Allegheny County (Pittsburgh, PA metro area), and Rhode Island.


Cohort 2

In January 2018, we launched a second cohort of 12 fellows in our original sites and six new jurisdictions, including in child welfare and early childhood agencies serving Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Minnesota, Missouri, Santa Clara County (CA) and Washington State.


Cohort 3

In January 2019, we launched our largest cohort to date with 18 fellows in 15 host agencies nationwide. For the first time, this cohort includes five fellows in Los Angeles County and five fellows in the state of Colorado who will help to pursue “collective impact” in their jurisdictions.

Cohort 3 Host Agencies

In Fall 2019 and beyond, Foster America will continue recruiting fellows with diverse skills and backgrounds to tackle major challenges in the child welfare field.

Within five years we expect to recruit 100 new leaders, who will serve in jurisdictions that reach more than 75 percent of children and families in the U.S. child welfare system.