30 Days to Family®

About This Program

Target Population: Children ages 0-17 who have just entered or re-entered foster care and their families

For children/adolescents ages: 0 – 17

Program Overview

30 Days to Family® is an intense and short-term intervention that aims to place children with safe and appropriate relatives within 30 days of entering foster care. This program aims to meet mandates which require states to identify and provide notice of the child entering foster care to all grandparents and other adult relatives within 30 days of the child entering state custody. The concentrated efforts and low caseloads of 30 Days to Family® is designed to make placement with relatives possible, while also aiming to support the family so placement stability is maintained. 30 Days to Family® utilizes workers with experience in child welfare and a natural ability to locate and engage relatives.

Program Goals

The goals of 30 Days to Family® are:

  • Identify at least 80 relatives or kin per case
    • Identify an average of 150 relatives over the history of cases
  • Secure one kinship placement in 98% of cases
    • Secure at least one backup placement for 75% of children served
    • Secure at least two backup placements for 40% of children served
  • Place 70% of children with relatives/kin within 30 days of entering care or by case closure

Logic Model

The program representative did not provide information about a Logic Model for 30 Days to Family®.

Essential Components

The essential components of 30 Days to Family® include:

  • Specialists have low caseloads serving 2-3 families at a time.
  • Specialists must be able to utilize online and in-person search tools to locate relatives of youth in care to identify a minimum of 80 relatives per family.
  • Specialists must be able to engage relatives of youth in foster care in person, over the phone, one-on-one, and in group settings.
  • Specialists require an in-depth knowledge of the child welfare system and resource family licensing to assist families through the process.
  • Completion of the proprietary Roadmap to Family is necessary to ensure that the child and the placement provider have the supports necessary to ensure a stable placement. The Roadmap to Family is an essential fidelity tool created specifically for 30 Days to Family.
  • Agencies must provide a flexible working environment for Specialists, since contacting and engaging relatives requires working after regular business hours.

Program Delivery

Child/Adolescent Services

30 Days to Family® directly provides services to children/adolescents and addresses the following:

  • In the child welfare system and recently removed from their homes
Services Involve Family/Support Structures:

This program involves the family or other support systems in the individual's treatment: The 30 Days to Family® Specialist engages multiple relatives to create a support network for the youth and the ultimate placement provider.

Recommended Intensity:

The Specialists in this program have no minimum requirement for meeting with the youth or specific relatives. Instead, the worker meets with as many relatives as possible, as many times as necessary, to gather the needed information.

Recommended Duration:

Approximately 30 days

Delivery Setting

This program is typically conducted in a(n):

  • Community-based Agency / Organization / Provider


This program does not include a homework component.

Resources Needed to Run Program

The typical resources for implementing the program are:

An agency would require the necessary meeting space to accommodate a team of professionals/relatives for a child in foster care. Personnel requirements would include at least one 30 Days to Family Specialist, as well the appropriate supervisory support. Access to the internet to conduct online searches for family members is required. The Specialist would need to be capable of driving to homes of relatives in children in foster care. General Microsoft Office programs are also necessary. Genopro is utilized to compile genograms for each case. Each employee requires a dedicated work space with a computer, phone, cell phone, laptop or tablet that can be used in the field, and a vehicle.

Manuals and Training

Prerequisite/Minimum Provider Qualifications

Those replicating the program should have a minimum of an undergraduate degree in social services or a related field OR a minimum of 3 years of experience in child welfare.

Manual Information

There is a manual that describes how to deliver this program.

Training Information

There is training available for this program.

Training Contact:
Training Type/Location:

Training can be provided onsite or at the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition. Online trainings are also available in some circumstances.

Number of days/hours:

1 day/6-hour training

Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research

Atkinson, A. J. (2019). 30 Days to Family®: Confirming theoretical and actual outcomes. Child Welfare, 97(4), 97–129. https://www.proquest.com/openview/b5e63d15b65a0840be2b4296c3e7d06c

Type of Study: Other quasi-experimental
Number of Participants: 540


  • Age — 0–15+ years
  • Race/Ethnicity — 367 Black, 146 White, and 27 Other
  • Gender — 273 Male and 267 Female
  • Status — Participants were children in the child welfare system.

Location/Institution: Missouri

Summary: (To include basic study design, measures, results, and notable limitations)
The purpose of this study was to compare outcomes for children who received the 30 Days to Family program with a matched sample of children not served. Measures utilized include data from the Missouri Department of Social Services (MDSS) database. Results indicate children served were more likely to be placed with kin and spent fewer days in foster care, while those with kin experienced significantly greater placement stability and were less likely to be placed in inpatient treatment settings. Limitations include small sample size, lack of randomization, requirements for anonymity of caregivers interviewed that precluded examination of both child welfare administrative data and status and well-being data from interviews for the same children, and lack of follow-up

Length of postintervention follow-up: None.

Additional References

Atkinson, A. (2017). 30 Days to Family® theory of change testing comprehensive report. PolicyWorks, Ltd. https://doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.17423.69284

Contact Information

Melanie Moredock
Agency/Affiliation: Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition (Program Owners) | The Institute for Child Welfare Innovation (Licensed for Program Replication)
Website: forchildwelfare.org/30-days-to-family
Phone: (314) 399-9714
Fax: (314) 241-0715

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: October 2020

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: December 2020

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: September 2016