Montana family members, foster parents, legislators, and mental health professionals ask for Montana’s foster care system to change.

CPS Complete is a 6 hour testimony from clients, providers, and foster parents stepped forward to share their stories about CPS. CNFMontana reports:

CPS Complete is a 6 hour testimony from clients, providers, and foster parents (CNFMontana)

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. The national average is 5.8.

Each year hundreds of families across the state whose children have been wrongfully removed or whose rights have been violated contact the Montana Child Protection Alliance (MCPA). A 2017 report by the Office of the Child and Family Ombudsman shows nearly a 50% uptick in calls to the office from 2016. Seventy-one percent of those contacts were from parents and relatives. The most prevalent reasons for contact were concern about lack of referrals for services to complete reunification plans and complaints about limited family visitation opportunities.

Seeking Recovery was originated because so many addicts seeking treatment are rushed through treatment programs without being given the proper education and tools needed for long term sobriety. Although relapse is part of the process of addiction, many addicts were found to not have been given the intensive counseling needed to get to the root of their addiction so it may be addressed, processed and become part of their past instead of a consistent problem in the present.

Minding Hearts is building advocacy and peer support groups in each state.  The groups are created to raise awareness, educate, and advocate for those that might not otherwise be heard. We are here for encouragement, education, and support. We cannot give legal advice, but we can try and direct you in the right direction with your case. Links to legal services are listed with their states. Please share and let’s grow our groups. We are here to support families and develop resources that maintain family integrity. We look forward to your support. If you would rather become active by donating, then visit the donation page. Thank you.

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