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November 2022Vol. 23, No. 9MPLD Continues to Grow Transformational Leaders

The AdoptUSKids Minority Professional Leadership Development (MPLD) program recently graduated its fourth cohort of minority leaders. The MPLD program is a 12-month fellowship that aims to improve diverse representation of minority leaders in child welfare through professional leadership development. The graduating group of 13 fellows, representing 11 states in both public and private sectors, gathered in Washington, DC, during September for the momentous occasion.

Over the course of 3 days, fellows had the opportunity to present their action research project findings to members of the Children’s Bureau, AdoptUSKids, and their peers. The research projects represented a challenge fellows identified within their respective agency, the intervention designed to address the issue, and a detailed explanation of their implementation process. These projects reflected the fellows’ commitment to pursuing systemic change and covered a range of topics. “Collectively, you all have touched on each one of the Children’s Bureaus priorities,” said Aysha E. Schomburg, Associate Commissioner of the Children’s Bureau.

All the presentations were placed on the AdoptUSKids YouTube channel so they can continue to be reviewed and utilized to improve child welfare systems across the Nation. The following are examples of the cohort's presentations:   

  • "Transracial Adoption Conversations (TRAC) Coaching Model: Engaging Caregivers Adopting or Fostering Transracially in Conversations on Race Over the Lifespan"
  • "The Value of Partnering With Youth in Foster Care: An Assessment Tool Developed Solely by Youth in Foster Care"
  • "Young Adult Readiness"

In addition to providing fellows with hands-on experience, mentorship, and exposure to national experts, MPLD connects participants to a network of emerging minority leaders. MPLD now has an alumni base of 59 fellows, and that number continues to grow with each cohort of transformational leaders. The next cohort will begin in January 2023. 

More information about the MPLD program is available on the AdoptUSKids website.

MLPD graduates