Family in 30 Days is a program with the aim of finding a relative connection that can provide a home for a child within thirty days of entering foster care.
This will not only significantly improve the child's likelihood for success, but drastically reduce the chance that they will remain in foster care.
Why Family in 30 Days?
Studies show that children experience less disruption, emotional turmoil, and are more likely to feel loved if they are living with a family member.
This program also increases the child's chances if reunification, and decreases the likelihood of them entering foster care.
The program will be considered successful if 70% of cases result in a child finding a safe, loving, relative placement within 30 days,
and 90% of cases identifying a safe, loving relative placement within 90 days.
Who would Benefit from Family in 30 Days?
Children at risk of entering foster care would be clear beneficiaries of such a program. Studies show that children living with relatives:
Furthermore, Family in 30 Days helps keep children out of foster care, or in care for shorter periods of time.
This is an unequivocal benefit to the state.
- Are less likely to experience placement changes,
- Are more likely to report "always feeling loved."
- Are more likely to live with their siblings,
- Are less likely to run away,
- Are less likely to change schools,
- Are less likely to re-enter foster care,
- Are more likely to report wanting their current home to be their permanent home