Criteria to apply for the leadership program

The Minority Professional Leadership Development (MPLD) program anticipates the selection of 16 fellows for each cohort. The next cohort will start January 2020 and last 12 months.  

The Minority Professional Leadership Development program is seen as an investment in individuals. Every attempt will be made to build a diverse learning community in each cohort. MPLD is open to people from historically disadvantaged cultural, ethnic, and racial groups who have historically had a disproportionate number of children in care, including:

  • American Indian Alaska Native
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino

Characteristics and qualifications of fellows

MPLD is open to emerging minority professional leaders who have been working in child welfare for three to five years in the US, including its territories and tribal nations.

Although there is no specific cap on the number of years working in direct services in the child welfare field, the fellowship is designed for emerging leaders.
In addition, MPLD candidates are:

  • Seen as promising leaders and have a reputation for intellect, thoughtfulness, and collaboration.
  • Are comfortable interacting in virtual collaborative spaces, such as video conferencing and online courses.
  • Able to devote time away from home/work to focus and actively participate in MPLD.
  • Committed to pursuing systemic change for children and families who are moving toward adoption or guardianship or who have already achieved permanency.
  • Interested in advancing their skills and knowledge of adoption and guardianship.
  • Motivated to become transformational leaders.
  • Committed to personal growth and learning and being part of a community of learning.
  • Committed to attending all virtual and in-person meetings, being present, and being engaged.
  • Committed to put their acquired leadership skills into action upon completion of the fellowship.
  • Willing to complete an action research project during the fellowship. Read more about action research projects (67 KB PDF).

Selection process

The leadership program selection process is competitive and requires the completion of an application packet. Candidates must complete the entire application packet and submit it by 12 p.m. eastern time on September 23, 2019. Late applications will not be considered.

The selection process will consist of two phases:

  1. Review of applications by a panel of adoption experts from national organizations who are associated with AdoptUSKids or are MPLD alumni. From this review, candidates will be selected for the second phase of the interview process.
  2. Phone interviews with members of the panel.

The final selection process will take place by the beginning of October. At that time, all applicants will be notified by email. 

Apply now!

Applications are being accepted online now. Read more and apply.