Child Welfare Management Innovations Institute

The Child Welfare Management Innovations Institute (CWMII) kicked off in December 2012. This leadership development program is part of the existing partnership between the Indiana Department of Child Services and the Indiana University School of Social Work. Participants in this program have:

  • A current leadership position in the Indiana Department of Child Services (Central Office Managers, Division Managers, as well as Regional Managers and Local Office Directors are encouraged to apply).
  • An openness to innovation and the ability to embrace positive change,
  • A willingness to engage with facilitators from other disciplines and apply lessons learned to the field of child welfare,
  • Enthusiasm to improve their personal leadership skills, and
  • A commitment to make significant and long-term positive contributions to children and families in Indiana.

The Institute has four main components: leadership seminars, mentorship, portfolio development, and leadership projects. Seminars are facilitated by experts from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs Executive Education Program. The Institute is based on the Leadership Competency Framework developed by the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (2011) and addresses four critical areas: Leading Change, Leading in Context, Leading People, and Leading for Results. Institute participants receive customized leadership training with a focus on theoretical knowledge, practical application to child welfare, and measurable results. The leadership project provides immediate benefit to the participant’s local agency or department and demonstrates the integration of Institute training with the day-to-day demands of public child welfare. During the course of the Institute, participants develop their leadership projects under the guidance of mentors, who are experienced leaders in public service, child welfare, and other industries.


The first cohort of the Child Welfare Management Innovations Institute graduated in May 2013, and the second cohort will graduate in May 2014. If you would like to request application materials or have questions about the Institute, please contact Jamie Smith at 317.645.8422.