Results for: Foster Care

We Need More Superheroes

We Need More Superheroes

With nearly 4,000 children in the Montana foster care system, our foster parents are true superheroes. They work twenty-four hours, seven days a week to support our state’s most vulnerable population.

Foster Families Needed

Foster Families Needed

Valley Journal - by Mary Auld- 9/12/2018 In many ways, Joel McClanahan of Lolo is a typical proud parent.  “We have an amazing kid,” he said as he introduced himself.  While this affection is characteristic of many families, the situation by which McClanahan’s family...

3,921 reasons to donate to foster care

3,921 reasons to donate to foster care

There are 3,921 children in the Montana foster care system that need your help today. Many of these foster children entered care with few clothes or possessions, often traveling from placement to placement with no more than a trash bag full of their belongings.  On...

Donate to Foster Care

Donate to Foster Care

The number of children in Montana foster care has skyrocketed, with the number of kids nearly doubling in the last five years. Sadly, many of these kids enter care with few clothes or possessions, often traveling from placement to placement with no more than a trash...

3,921 reasons to talk about foster care in Montana

3,921 reasons to talk about foster care in Montana

There are currently 3,921 children in the Montana foster care system.  Sadly, there are only 396 licensed foster homes in the state.  Over the last 10 years in Montana the number of kids in foster care has doubled, shocking a system that was unprepared to...

For teens in foster care, adoption is a lifeline

For teens in foster care, adoption is a lifeline

Washington Post - By Susan Punnett & Erica Rosenberg “I’ll take anyone,” said Davion Only, a 15-year-old boy who had been in foster care his whole life, before a Florida congregation in October. “Old or young, dad or mom, black, white, purple. I don’t care.”...

Need for foster homes grows exponentially in Montana

Need for foster homes grows exponentially in Montana

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...

Youth Dynamics seeks local homes

Youth Dynamics seeks local homes

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...

Montana foster kids face challenges as they age out

Montana foster kids face challenges as they age out

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...

Meth’s impact on Montana’s foster care system

Meth’s impact on Montana’s foster care system

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...

Preparation is key when welcoming a foster child into your home

Preparation is key when welcoming a foster child into your home

Expert Beacon - June 25, 2018 The arrival of a foster child in your house can be a time of excitement, as well as anxiety. The phone call from a caseworker asking if you would like a foster child placed in your home can leave you in a state of apprehension. It is...

Child Discipline Techniques for Foster or Adopted Children

Child Discipline Techniques for Foster or Adopted Children

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...

How to Explain a Move to a Child in Foster Care

How to Explain a Move to a Child in Foster Care

Live About- 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,...

Should You Take a Foster Child with You on Family Vacation?

Should You Take a Foster Child with You on Family Vacation?

Live About - April 4, 2017 By Carrie Craft Whether or not foster parents should take their foster children with them on a family vacation can be a hot topic. Some foster families feel very strongly about taking foster children, stating that the kids are a part of the...

6 Ways to Help Your Foster Child Adjust

6 Ways to Help Your Foster Child Adjust

The early stages of fostering a child will include a major adjustment period. The first few days tend to be the most difficult, but if you follow these tips, you can ease that transition.

Foster Kids Can Be Torn Between Worlds On Mother’s Day

Foster Kids Can Be Torn Between Worlds On Mother’s Day

NPR - May 6, 2014   Children across the country will be rolling out the breakfast trays and handmade cards for Mother's Day. But the holiday brings up mixed feelings for many foster mothers and their children. "It can be really confusing for a child when there's...

Reporter’s Notebook: A Foster Child’s Story

Reporter’s Notebook: A Foster Child’s Story

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....

The Foster Care Crisis: The Shortage Of Foster Parents In America

The Foster Care Crisis: The Shortage Of Foster Parents In America

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...