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Montana Bills Aim to Cut Foster Care Investigations and Removals

Several bills introduced in Montana’s state legislature could significantly narrow the front door to foster care.

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ICWA Applies in Private Family Custody Arrangements, Montana Supreme Court Rules

Montana' Supreme Court has ruled that ICWA applies to private-party custody arrangements, overturning previous Montana case law.

Choosing to Move Away from my Father


Choosing to Move Away from my Father

Having a voice made me feel content and safe for the first time. I realized I was going to be okay, writes Allison Victoria Redd.

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Montana Ushers in New Head of Health And Human Services

Adam Meier, director of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, is resigning and will be replaced by the department's current chief of staff, Charlie Brereton.

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Long-term Mentoring Group Opening New Offices in Colorado, Montana


Long-term Mentoring Group Will Open New Offices in Colorado, Montana

A group that offers long-term professional mentoring to kids at risk of getting trapped in the child welfare system is opening new offices.

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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.