30 Days to Family®


30 Days to Family® History
Building on the success of Extreme Recruitment and family engagement, Executive Director, Melanie Scheetz, believed the same premise could effectively be applied to children when they ENTER the foster care system. As a result, the 30 Days to Family® program was launched in March 2011. The principle of 30 Days to Family is to assist in the search and engagement of a child’s relatives and kin within 30 days of the child entering the foster care system. The first year of the program demonstrated great promise: 71.4% of the children were placed with relatives/kin at the conclusion of services. Program outcomes have continued to improve as the program continues to evolve: In 2015, 79% of children served were placed with relatives/kin at the conclusion of services; and 84% of the children served the first half of 2016 were placed with relatives/kin at the conclusion of services!

30 Days to Family® Program Overview
maximus-foundation-grantee-website-badge30 Days to Family® is a short-term intervention to diligently search for a child’s relatives and kin to identify potential placement options and supports. The initial search is for parents, grandparents, and siblings, but the goal is that at least 80 additional relatives will be identified and explored. Because placements can be fragile, the goal is to identify one primary placement provider and one to two other relatives or kin as potential back-up placement providers. Maternal and paternal relatives are explored with equal interest. In all cases, every effort is made to search for relatives and kin who will keep siblings together, maintain children in their school of origin, and preserve the child’s important relationships with friends and supportive adults.

Armed with the philosophy that all families include members who are willing and able to care for children, as well as the knowledge that research has shown youth living with relatives while in foster care can lead to improved outcomes, 30 Days to Family® Specialists are relentless in their search for relatives of children in care. This program has been replicated by child welfare workers in Springfield, MO, Kansas City, MO, and Riverside County, CA. Additional localities have inquired as to how they can start preparing to replicate the program as well!

Achieving Results for Children, Families, and Child Welfare

A rigorous, independent study was commissioned to test the 30 Days to Family® theory of change. Click here to see an overview of the results.

30 Days to Family® Goals

  • Identify at least 80 relatives or kin in each case
  • 70% of the youth served are placed with relatives or kin within 30 days
  • Identify at least 1 relative/kin placement option and 1-2 backup relative/kin placement options in each case

30 Days to Family Toolbox

  1. 30 Days to Family Program Description
  2. 30 Days to Family Diligent Search Activities
  3. 30 Days to Family Relative / Kin Contact Log
  4. 30 Days to Family Roadmap to Family
  5. 30 Days to Family Intake, Referral & Consent Form
  6. 30 Days to Family Projected Timeline of Milestones
  7. 30 Days to Family Sample Continued Family Planning Summary


Melanie Moredock – Director of 30 Days to Family       
o 314.367.8373 x2242
e melaniemoredock@foster-adopt.org

Cisely Beard – 30 Days to Family Specialist  
o 314.367.8373 x2255
e ciselybeard@foster-adopt.org

Jo Anne Zarky – 30 Days to Family Specialist     
o 314.367.8373 x2237
e joannezarky@foster-adopt.org

Patrick Pisani – 30 Days to Family Specialist
o 314.367.8373 x2259

Ashley Hardin – 30 Days to Family Specialist
1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
o 314.367.8373 x2262
e ashleyhardin@foster-adopt.org

Jada Coleman – 30 Days to Family Specialist
1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
o 314.367.8373
c 314.737.0996
e jadacoleman@foster-adopt.org

For media inquiries, please contact Melanie Scheetz, Executive Director, at 314.367.8373 x2221 (800.FOSTER.3).

TO MAKE A REFERRAL: For more information and to make a referral, please contact Melanie Moredock, Director of 30 Days to Family, at 314.367.8373 x2242 (800.FOSTER.3).