30 Days to Family®: Evidence and Outcomes

The data surrounding 30 Days to Family® continues to astound us.  

On this page you’ll find proven savings and proven outcomes data from a published study as well as placement and follow up data from the site of origin’s data management system.

Proven Savings*

  • Every child served by 30 Days to Family® saves taxpayers an average of $10,217.
  • Every child served age 9 years and older saves taxpayer an average of $21,686.
  • Every child served who has an identified disability saves taxpayers an average of $28,819.

Proven Outcomes*

  • More likely to be placed with family. Significantly higher percentages of children served by 30 Days to Family® were placed with relatives than those who weren’t.
  • Less time in care. Children served by 30 Days to Family® remained in foster care an average 91.4 fewer days; those age 9 years and older were in care an average 194 fewer days; and those with an identified disability were in care an average 257.8 fewer days.
  • Increased placement stability. For children served by 30 Days to Family®, placement change rates were reduced by 81% after being placed with relatives. 

*Atkinson, A.J. (2019). 30 Days to Family®: Confirming theoretical and actual outcomes. Child Welfare, 97(4), 97-129. 

Want to take a deep dive into the full 204 page report? We’ve got you covered!

Placement and Stability Data from Our Site of Origin

The Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition’s 30 Days to Family® team in St. Louis is pretty cool. Don’t take our word for it – the numbers speak for themselves!  

In reviewing data from the St. Louis 30 Days to Family® site from the beginning of the program in February 2011 through July 2021:

  • Placement Rate: 755 of 998 (75.7%) children served were placed with family at the conclusion of services
    • The program goal is to achieve a 70% placement rate, but who doesn’t love an overachiever? 
  • Placement Stability: Of those 755 children placed with family, 622 children (82.4%) remained placed with family at the most recent follow-up
    • 547 children (72.5%) remained in their initial family placement or returned home! 
    • 75 children (10%) remained with family, but moved to the home of another family placement option
  • Promoting Family Placement: Sometimes despite best efforts, children aren’t moved with family during the program intervention. The remarkable thing is that the work done was not for nothing. 67 of the 243 children (27.6%) that were not placed with family at the conclusion of services had achieved family placement at the time of the most recent follow-up!
    • 12 of the 67 (18%) were placed with the family member identified during the 30 Days to Family® intervention
    • 10 of the 67 (15%) were placed with another family member
    • 45 of the 67 (67%) returned home!

Clearinghouse Details

We’ve been accepted into the California Evidence Based Clearinghouse (CEBC)!!!  On the evening of February 1, 2021 we received word that after years of work, the CEBC accepted 30 Days to Family® as a program rated as “Promising Research Evidence.”  In addition, the program was designated as having “High Child Welfare System Relevance.”  Further validating what we already knew about the benefits of the model, including getting children out of the system more quickly, the program was accepted to the CEBC under the topic area of “Permanency Enhancement Interventions for Adolescents.”  

We couldn’t be more proud and excited to have met this tremendous milestone and can’t wait for this opportunity to help bring 30 Days to Family® to more children and families throughout the country and world.

For more information about 30 Days to Family® and the acceptance into the CEBC click here.

We are in active communication with the Title IV- E Prevention Services Clearinghouse. We submitted submitted for review in October of 2019 and are awaiting a determination.