We are the Institute for Child Welfare Innovation.


Our team brings ideas, people and agencies together to implement proven child welfare programs in communities across the country. Our rigorous, evidence-based approach empowers agencies to bridge the gap between policy and people to create the best possible outcomes for children and their families.


Learn about our first program – 30 Days to Family® 

Our Vision

We want to build a child welfare system that is kind, efficient, collaborative, evidence-based, and centered on children & family well-being.

Our Mission

We support child serving agencies to scale proven solutions, work together, and bridge gaps in policy and practice.

Our Values

In everything we do, we are guided by these ideas:

  • Family first, always
  • Change is possible
  • Transparency is respectful
  • Efficiency is imperative
  • Working together is paramount
  • Kindness is the common denominator

Our History

The idea for the Institute originated with the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition, a St. Louis-based organization helping children in foster care find permanency. For eight years, the Coalition’s 30 Days to Family® program had successfully placed kids with families, bringing stability to families but also substantial cost savings to the state. 


Agencies across the nation learned of the Coalition’s positive outcomes, and expressed interest in replicating program. We developed the Institute out of this opportunity, allowing us to bring out subject matter expertise to government and non-government agencies who want to replicate and scale programs that build better lives for children, their families and the communities they call home.

Our Team

Ian Forber-Pratt

Ian Forber-Pratt

Ian Forber-Pratt

Executive Director

 email 

314-399-9714

Melanie Moredock

Ian Forber-Pratt

Ian Forber-Pratt

Director of Program Replication

email 

314-399-9791 

Patrick Pisani

Ian Forber-Pratt

Patrick Pisani

Assistant Director of Program Replication

 email 

314-399-8935

Board of Directors

Ryan Blackburn

Sue Ellen Coughtry

Ryan Blackburn

Thurman Brooks

Sue Ellen Coughtry

Ryan Blackburn

Treasurer

Sue Ellen Coughtry

Sue Ellen Coughtry

Sue Ellen Coughtry

Martin L. Daesch

Deborah K. Radasch

Sue Ellen Coughtry

Melody Noel

Deborah K. Radasch

Deborah K. Radasch

Deborah K. Radasch

Deborah K. Radasch

Deborah K. Radasch

Secretary

Colleen Raley

Dr. Sally Steindorf

Dr. Sally Steindorf

Vice President

Dr. Sally Steindorf

Dr. Sally Steindorf

Dr. Sally Steindorf

Brooks Williams

Dr. Sally Steindorf

Brooks Williams

President