How to apply for the leadership program

Applications for the first cohort of the Minority Professional Leadership Development (MPLD) program are being collected through September 3, 2018.


MPLD is open to people from historically disadvantaged cultural, ethnic, or racial groups who have worked in child welfare for three to five years in the US, including its territories and tribal communities.  

Read all eligibility criteria.

Selection process

All applications will be reviewed by a panel of adoption experts from national organizations that are associated with AdoptUSKids.

Applicants who are selected for the second phase of the application process will have a phone interview with members of the panel.

Candidates selected for the MPLD fellowship will be notified in writing by the end of September.

How to apply

This is an online application process that must be completed in one session.  Once you start, you cannot save your work and go back.

Step one—gather the following materials

  1. A current resume that includes:
  • Education (listing degrees and dates awarded)
  • Professional employment (listing dates and titles)
  1. Up to two-page double-spaced essay that provides the following information:
  • Overview of yourself and why you want to be a MPLD fellow
  • What you hope to gain from participating in the fellowship
  • An issue or challenge related to adoption/guardianship that you would like to focus on for your action research project along with reasons as to why this is an important topic for your state/tribe/territory/agency. Candidates should refer to the overview and explanation of action research project prior to writing the essay.
  1. A letter of recommendation from a colleague (peer or supervisor) who can speak to the applicant’s leadership qualities and future professional aspirations
  2. A signed notification of application by the applicant’s direct supervisor or agency administration.

    This letter explains the benefits of participating in MPLD for both the fellow and the state, tribe, territory, or agency, the time commitment required over the eight-month fellowship, and the need for the state/tribe/territory/agency to identify a mentor to assist the fellow with their action research project. 

    Download the notification of application (70 PDF).

Step two—complete our online application form and upload your materials

You must complete the application in one session. If you close the session you will lose your work.

Before starting, please review the form and be sure that you have the information and materials you need to complete your application.

Ready to begin? Go to the MPLD application form now.


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