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Apply for The Arthur Gochman Child & Family Advocacy Fellowship June 2024 – June 2025

The Arthur Gochman Child & Family Advocacy Fellowship

June 2024 – June 2025

Children’s Rights honors the lived expertise of people impacted by the child welfare system and recognizes that they are best positioned to inform and lead system-level change for children and families. We are seeking applicants for our Arthur Gochman Fellowship, a one-year fellowship for individuals who have lived experience in the child welfare system and an interest in a career in child and family advocacy. The Fellowship includes a formal training and mentoring program to enhance professional and personal development, and gain broader exposure to the field of children’s advocacy, including through exposure to impact litigation.

As a member of our team, the Fellow will help develop Children’s Rights’ advocacy agenda for the upcoming year, co-design strategies and project plans to effect systemic change, lead one or more advocacy projects, including conducting research and strategy implementation, as well as engage with national and local partners. The Arthur Gochman Fellow will also have the opportunity to collect data, research and analyze key policy issues, and prepare reports, articles, and other written materials. The Fellowship is a full-time position, with a preference for in-person presence in our New York City office at least two days a week.


The Arthur Gochman Fellow reports to the Director of Advocacy & Policy and:

  • Engages with internal staff and external partners in active advocacy and policy campaigns, development of new advocacy campaigns, and coalition meetings
  • Explores opportunities to further our strategic advocacy in the topic areas listed below, with the opportunity to focus on one or two issue areas, according to the fellow’s advocacy interest
  • Assists in the development and implementation of policy projects, including conducting quantitative and qualitative analyses, interviews, and literature reviews
  • Develops presentations on child welfare and other system issues for local and national conferences
  • Contributes to reports, articles, white papers, and other written materials on children’s policy issues
  • Tracks relevant federal and state legislation


  • Prior personal involvement in the child welfare system as a child, adolescent, or young adult
  • Applicable work, educational experience, and/or demonstrated interest in one or more of the following areas: child welfare, mental health, LGBTQ+ equity, racial justice, immigration, and youth justice
  • Research, writing, communication, and analytical skills
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and as a member of a team
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work with a variety of professionals and partners
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite

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