Child Welfare Leadership Fellows: Using Data to Improve the Lives of Children and Families


Twenty-seven child welfare professionals participated in the first year of the Leadership Fellows program, learning how to use data to 1) identify issues that negatively impact children and families in the child welfare system and 2) make recommendations to address those issues. The fellows focused on teenage girls in out-of-home placement and recommended strategies to reduce home removal and – in situations where placement was necessary – to improve the placement experience.  In addition to addressing system issues, the program served as a professional development experience for the fellows and resulted in improved career opportunities for many.

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Content and analysis: Brian Bell and the 2014 Child Welfare Leadership Fellows
Writer: Susan Gove



  1. This is a great program for teens. I like the information provided on teens in families with either mother only, father only, both parents and other! From the tabular analysis, it seems that having both parents in a teen’s life is really important for their/teens’ emotional maturity, and future success as a young adult/adult individual.

    This Fellowship Program is an asset for Allegheny County, and I hope I will have a chance to go and be part of this training someday!