Leadership Academy for Middle Managers

The Leadership Academy for Middle Managers is a national leadership development academy for middle managers in public, tribal and privatized child welfare systems. Its goal is to enhance the ability of middle managers to apply leadership skills for implementation of sustainable systems change to improve outcomes for children, youth and families.

LAMM Objectives

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  • Increase the effectiveness of child welfare agencies through culturally responsive middle manager training on leadership, workforce development and succession planning
  • Provide middle managers with professional development that enables them to address persistent complex challenges requiring adaptive, distributive, and inclusive leadership
  • Provide opportunities that facilitate continuous learning in support of both middle managers and their internal and external partners
  • Offer managers the latest research and new directions for child welfare practice, leadership, and management from academic, private, and nonprofit sectors


Target Audience
Middle managers eligible to participate include those with leadership accountability for a change initiative in the following roles:

State or Tribal, central office, regional and district child welfare program managers and county child welfare administrators and directors

Managers employed at the State/central/regional offices who have oversight responsibility for local child welfare offices

State and Tribal child welfare program managers, such as foster care and adoption managers

Administrators or executive directors of private agencies that are contracted by the State to provide case management services that are traditionally provided by the public child welfare system

Training Enrollment 

Recognizing that single interventions are not sufficient and that leadership at all levels is critical, NCWWI is now taking a more comprehensive and integrated approach to leadership and workforce development; therefore, the NCWWI-supported LAMM is only available to NCWWI's 13 University Partnership (UP) programs.

While we do not offer open enrollment, the curriculum is accessible for download in two versions: 5-Day and 3-Day. Deborah Reed (LAMM Program Manager, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) is available for consultation on the implementation of the LAMM. We have also made available several online courses that support the professional development of child welfare leaders.

For more information, please contact Deborah Reed, LAMM Program Manager: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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