The Annie E. Casey Foundation, a national foundation working to improve outcomes for at-risk children, announced its 2010-2011 Children and Family Fellowship class. Heidi McIntosh, MSW ’98 was 1 of 18 professionals selected for this prestigious fellowship. The Casey Foundation created the Children and Family Fellowship “to increase the pool of leaders with the vision, drive, and ability to create and sustain major system reforms and community initiatives that benefit large numbers of children and families.”
McIntosh has been the Deputy Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families since 1994. Prior to that, she worked for the federal Administration for Children and Families and focused her work on its Child and Family Services Review process that has assisted many states, including Connecticut, improve the quality of their child welfare practice.
The 20-month fellowship, which began in May, offers the opportunity for professional development through executive seminars and site visits to learn about innovative agencies and organizations across the country. In addition, resources to apply effective service delivery modes are also offered as part of the fellowship, which will allow Heidi to focus on specific program improvement initiatives at DCF.