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Partnering for Progress

Inter-agency Collaboration

Partnering for Progress

System change is no small task, and no one can do it alone.

The Center for Children and Families has more than 20 community partners. We know that collaboration and training will create the best results for children and families.

The Center for Children and Families is a merger of community agencies that works to ensure the safety, permanency and well-being of children and youth while strengthening families. We are dedicated to ensuring that every child has a loving, safe family to call their own. We do this through programs that empower families to find their own solutions, connect with caring individuals, rebuild family bonds, and treat mental illness and substance addiction. We also work to ensure that we are a “bridge” for families to the multiple and diverse programs they may need outside The Center, providing them a “warm hand-off” to additional community resources.

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The Problem:
Families involved with multiple agencies often find themselves with three separate treatment plans and little or no communication between service providers. Unfortunately, other than the plan created with Child Protective Services (CPS), treatment plans do not consider the best interests of children or how to assist the adults they serve in their role as parents.

Our Plan:

  • Build cooperative working relationships.
  • Assure timely access to treatment services.
  • Engage and retain clients in treatment and support ongoing recovery.
  • Enhance children’s services.
  • Fill information gaps.

source: Adapted from the Department of Health and Human Services 1999 Report to Congress Blending Perspectives and Building Common Ground.


Crime Prevention Council

Family Violence Taskforce

Billings Area Re-Entry Task Force (BARTF)

Montana Continuum of Care Coalition

Montana Coalition for the Homeless – Board of Directors

Yellowstone County Family Drug Court Steering Committee

North Park Children’s Center Planning Committee

Montana Crime Prevention Association

Montana Drug Endangered Children Coalition

Best Beginnings Council of Yellowstone County

Graduation Matters

March Against Drugs & Violence Planning Coalition

Mike Yakawich

Billings Chamber of Commerce (member)

Family Life Expo

13th Judicial District Felony Adult Drug Court Steering Committee

Shelley Thomson, Court Coordinator

Office of Women’s Health-St. Vincent Grant Project/Women & Children’s Subcommittee

Contact (Project Director) is April Keippel
Professional Associations

Women & Sober Housing Learning Community

Sponsored by SAMHSA’s Homeless Resource Center

Montana Non-Profit Association

Association of Fundraising Professionals

  • “Most importantly, 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