YouthBridge Community Foundation was excited to present Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition with a $25,000 grant on behalf the William S. Anheuser Fund, a component fund of YouthBridge, towards their 30 Days to Family program, which was launched in 201. The program aims to assist in the search and engagement of a child’s relatives and kin within 30 days of a child entering the foster care system.
The program 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 Chatham-Kent, ON, and is easily transferable to other regions.
For more information about the 30 Days to Family Program, click here.