AdoptUSKids accepting applications for Minority Professional Leadership Development
Children of color—especially African American 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 the child welfare system. AdoptUSKids' Minority Professional Leadership Development (MPLD) program is designed for emerging leaders working in child welfare. The structured program includes hands-on experience, exposure to national experts and mentorship opportunities.
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.
The eight-month fellowship begins and ends with events in the Washington, DC, area. Most of the fellows’ work happens online and at their workplace. There is no fee to participate in the MPLD program.