Montana Lawmakers to Study Courts’ Child Welfare Pilot Programs


Montana Lawmakers to Study Courts’ Child Welfare Pilot Programs

Montana lawmakers will study two promising pilot programs courts have used to address the increase and improve the lives of foster youth.

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Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte Plucks Child Welfare Nominee from Kentucky

Adam Meier, who was nominated to lead Montana’s Department of Public Health and Human Services.
Montana’s new Republican governor, Greg Gianforte, has named a new leader to run the state’s largest agency, the Department of Public Health and Human Services, which among other things oversees child welfare and family services.

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Montana, with Second-Highest Foster Care Rate in Country, Likely Delaying on Family First Act

  Montana has the second highest rate of removal to foster care in the country, behind only West Virginia. In fiscal 2017, according to recent federal statistics, 16.8 of every 1,000 children in the state were in foster care.

Senate Bill Seeks Better Data on Child Abuse Deaths


Child Abuse, Fatalities from Abuse and Neglect, Trending Upward

While the number of child neglect and sexual abuse cases continues to trend downward, America saw an uptick in maltreatment-related fatalities and the number of documented physical abuse cases, according to an annual report by the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire.


Arizona in Favor of Family First Prevention Services Act

States were caught by surprise by this week’s resurgence of the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA), which offers a significant restructuring of the multi-billion dollar federal entitlement for child welfare.

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States Explore Trauma Screening in the Child Welfare System

As trauma-informed initiatives have multiplied in recent years, more child welfare agencies are now grappling with how to properly screen for trauma. Along with access to trauma-focused, evidence-based treatments and staff training, screening is a key part of building a trauma-informed system.


Battling Meth: A Rural Montana County is on the Frontline of National Foster Care Surge

When James Manley came to rural Lake County, Montana, as a district judge in 2013, he knew the meth problem was bad, but he didn’t know how much worse it would get.


Western States Face Spikes in Drug Use, Foster Care

Last August at a campaign stop, President Donald Trump made the opioid crisis part of the dismal portrait of America he purported to change. “We’re going to take all of these kids … that are totally addicted and they can’t break it,” he promised at a Columbus, Ohio, town hall meeting.


For Advocates and Native Communities, an Online Resource for Sex Trafficking Victims

American Indian and Alaska Native women and girls fall prey to human trafficking at a disproportionate rate, according to the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC).