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About Us

Empowering Families and Community. Working Together to Change Stories

 

Agency collaboration benefits kids in the child welfare system.

At The Center for Children and Families, our goal is to reduce the number of children who experience the trauma of removal from family and subsequent foster care placements. We believe in the power of relationship, bonding, and connectedness to a child’s birth family, when in the best interest of the child.

On May 1, 2012, 1,828 children were reported placed in out-of-home care in the state of Montana. Of those children placed, parental substance abuse was identified in 56% of cases as the primary precipitating factor for removal. Yellowstone County (which contains the State’s largest urban center of Billings) has the highest number of dependency cases requiring removal of children from their parents’ care due to substance abuse issues. As of May 1, 2012, Yellowstone County had 294 children in out-of-home care, 58% (170) of whom were the result of parental substance abuse (MT-DPHHS, 2012).

Every child deserves a safe and stable home.

It is time to eliminate barriers, cross boundaries, and forge partnerships between child protection and housing services so that communities find effective, cohesive solutions to ensure the well-being of children. Children deserve it.

Keeping Families Together and Safe, Dhillon, 2005

Who We Help

Children in Foster Care

Families Struggling with Addiction

Single-Mom Households

Foster Youth Age 16-21 Transitioning to Adult Independence

Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Autism, Learning Disabilities or Genetic Disorders

Adults, Children and Families Dealing with Mental Illness

Women Re-entering the Community from Prison and the Families Who Support Them

Kids Who Have Suffered Abuse and Trauma

Men Dealing with Trauma and Substance Abuse Issues

Pregnant women and moms who get treatment

Kids removed from home
due to substance abuse

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Center staff is certified to provide training on a number of clinical and community issues, including:

  • brain development
  • child development
  • neuropsychology of substance abuse
  • substance abuse/mental illness and its effect on family functioning
  • a variety of mental illness topics
  • team building/team functioning
  • habitudes of finance
  • effective case management (especially in Department of Corrections (DOC) or Child Protective Services (CPS) systems)
  • successful grant writing

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