AdoptUSKids accepting applications for Minority Professional Leadership Development program
July 1, 2019
The Minority Professional Leadership Development (MPLD) program is an eight-month program designed for emerging minority leaders working in direct service in the child welfare field. AUSK anticipates that the program will be increased to 10–12 months in 2020.
The structured program includes hands-on experience, exposure to national experts, and mentorship opportunities. There is no fee to participate.
The fellowship begins and ends with events in Washington, DC. Most of the fellows’ work happens online and at their workplace.
Why develop minority leaders?
Children of color—especially Black and American Indian children—continue to be overrepresented in foster care.
While the presence of ethnically, culturally and racially diverse individuals in leadership roles does not ensure that children who share these characteristics will be adopted, it may help communities of color trust a child welfare system.
Leaders who are culturally competent, prepared to be transformational and mirror the diverse representation of the child welfare population may help agencies respond to the needs of diverse communities while identifying barriers faced by minority families and strategies to overcome them.