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Over the past 10 years the need for foster homes has continued to increase, and now is at a record high.  In September of 2017 there were nearly 4,000 children in foster care.  The amount of kids in care has nearly doubled since 2015, when the number hovered around 2,200. The number of…(Read More)

The Whitehall Ledger – By Jack H. Smith With a steady rise in the number of Montana youth in foster care, the need for foster homes has grown exponentially. Youth Dynamics, a Montana based non-profit children’s agency, is hoping to find more foster homes in the Whitehall area. Lily Hawks, Family Development and Community…(Read More)

By GAIL SCHONTZLER , Bozeman Daily Chronicle BOZEMAN (AP) — Her name is Heaven, but much of her childhood sounds like hell. Heaven Reel was placed in foster care at age 16, after state social workers found evidence of neglect or abuse in her home. “We were always hungry,” Heaven said. She recalls grocery money…(Read More)

Reprint of story by  KTVH HELENA – Brenda and Jason Crawford are one of Montana’s many adoptive and foster parents; in 2014 baby Kailer entered their life.   Kailer was born with significant amounts of heroin in his body. “When Kailer was born, within a few hours he started withdrawing from the drugs within his system…(Read More)

Discipline Techniques for Children Who May Have Been Abused or Neglected Very Well Family – May 29, 2018 Foster parents are not allowed to use corporal punishment with foster children. Adoptive parents are also wise to try other discipline techniques and to avoid corporal punishment due to many children’s past experiences with abuse and neglect…(Read More)

Live About- April 4, 2017 by Carrie Craft There are many aspects of fostering that are extremely difficult to emotionally handle as a foster parent. Helping a child in foster care adjust to a new placement, explaining to a foster child that you are not an adoptive resource, and transitioning a child back with birth…(Read More)

CBS- April 6, 2018 (CBS4) – If you are like I was five years ago, you may have a vague idea of what foster care is. That means you probably grew up surrounded by people who loved you. You may have had parents, siblings, grandparents and even a crazy aunt or uncle. Bottom line is…(Read More)

Huffington Post – April 11, 2018 by Dr. John DeGarmo Children abused. Children neglected. Children abandoned. Children being placed into foster care; a foster care system where there are not enough homes. The media and news continue to report on the shortage of foster parents and foster homes across the nation.  In Georgia and Tennessee,…(Read More)

Everyday Health – April 29, 2014 by Tina Traster Our pediatrician, Dr. T, couldn’t have been more pleased with Julia’s progress. At 18 months, my baby was in the 95th percentile for her weight. She was talking, walking, her muscle tone was excellent. All good signs for a child adopted just 14 months earlier…(Read More)

The Spruce – October 23, 2017 by Heather Corely What does a baby really need in the first weeks at home? The answer is – not much. This basic baby needs checklist will help you choose those baby essentials, often called the layette, that your little one needs to have in the first precious weeks…(Read More)

Ideas to Help Promote Bonding Through Activities The Spruce – April 4, 2017 by Carrie Craft These activities are not for every foster or adoptive parent or every foster or adoptive child. Only do what is comfortable for you and your foster/adopted child. Keep in mind: Child’s Age – Chronological and Emotional Child’s History…(Read More)

Foster Children Endure Multiple Placements Due to Disruptions The Spruce – April 4, 2017 by Carrie Craft It’s not something we like to think about as foster parents, but sometimes a placement just doesn’t work out. There are various reasons why foster care placements don’t work and disruption, or asking that a foster…(Read More)

The Spruce – April 4, 2017 by Michael Robison Your foster child has moved in, is settled into his room, and learning your home rules. Now comes the time that many foster parents worry the most about – meeting the child’s birth parents. For the sake of all concerned, it is very important for the foster…(Read More)

No Bohns About It – February 4, 2016 When a person decides to become a foster parent, they often wonder the best way of setting up a bedroom for foster care. Waiting for the call is tough, and shopping and painting and all the decorating can be a fun way to pass the time. As tempting…(Read More)

The Spruce – April 4, 2017 by Carrie Craft Your Role as Mom or Dad So, you’ve gone from an empty house to a full one. Now what? When it comes to foster and or adopting a child, especially an older child – setting roles, rules, and boundaries can be tough. This is especially true…(Read More)

Huffpost – May 7, 2017 by Mary Lee There are more than 400,000 foster children in state custody right now. Every year, more than 20,000 age out without being reunited with their biological family or finding a new one through adoption. Every day, another child is taken into foster care because of abuse or…(Read More)

The first day… The Spruce – October 31, 2017 by Carrie Craft When a foster child is first placed in your home a lot of fear and stress comes through the front door along with the child, for both of you. The child is fearing the absolute worst about you and his/her situation. Questions may…(Read More)

The Spruce – April 4, 2017 by Carrie Craft When a child enters your home, whether through adoption or foster care, they come with a tremendous amount of grief and loss. Losses that include birth parents, extended family, home, pets, neighborhoods, schools, friends, treasured belongings, and in some cases culture. Don’t discount the loss of…(Read More)

The first purpose of the Angel Tree was to make sure that all of the kids in the Billings area group homes had a Christmas. “The kids are away from their families and being able to give them a little extra love in this time is important,” Shirley Bulluck, Intake Coordinator, explains. The tree has…(Read More)

Story originally published by ABC Fox Montana Great Falls Great Falls – About 3,000 children and teens are entering the foster care system in Montana every year. The need for foster homes is a statewide issue, and that need is borderline desperate here in Cascade County. The non-profit Youth Dynamics says that during the…(Read More)