meet our fellows
Since October 2016, we have launched two fellowship cohorts and observed strong demand for our model from both prospective fellowship candidates and child welfare agencies. Over 500 candidates applied for 20 fellowship roles across these cohorts. State and county child welfare agencies across the country have expressed interest in participating in our pilot and hosting our fellows, and we chose to partner with agencies in nine of these regions—Connecticut, District of Columbia, Minnesota, Missouri, New York City, Pittsburgh (PA), Rhode Island, Santa Clara County (CA) and Washington State. Our partner agencies in these regions have demonstrated their commitment to our shared work and have increased our sustainability and scalability by paying the salaries and benefits of our fellows.
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.
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.
In 2019 and beyond, Foster America will continue recruiting fellows with diverse skills and expertise to tackle major challenges in the child welfare field.
We are also planning to experiment with an additional fellowship track that will enlist fellows who focus together on one north star goal, such as eliminating the shortage of foster parents, and who will work together across state lines to rapidly create and test solutions in pursuit of this goal and scale the ideas that work.
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.