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. Continue reading Montana family members, foster parents, legislators, and mental health professionals ask for Montana’s foster care system to change.
Police went to Harmony Montgomery’s home 13 times in 5 months. The majority of calls made were for domestic violence, animal, and building complaints. A neighbor contacted authorities on Aug. 5 of that year with concerns “about a young child living at that address”. The house was up for auction at the time and the caller claimed there was “no electricity, just a small generator and there is trash everywhere”, reports Boston,com. The New Hampshire Division for Children, Youth, and Families was contacted to check the conditions and officials determined, “Everyone’s home, generator is running, food in the house, they are healthy. All is well”. Continue reading Police seen digging around Harmony Montgomery’s home. Step-mother faces 9 new charges.
We have drawn the line to ensure that all our children have access to family, culture, language and their traditional territories,” the Git’luuhl’um’hetxwit media release says. “She is learning our language, playing with cousins, and hearing the stories of her ancestors. Never again will Canada steal our future generations.” Continue reading Indian nations are rising to save their children from more government genocide.
I offer two solutions; (1) place children will family or someone that they already know and trusts so that their lives are not disrupted any more than it has to be, and (2) localize foster care so that youth do not end up in strange places with strange people far from where they no their way around. This will prevent children from being trafficked and provide more stability. Continue reading Too few lawmakers address foster youth aging out or the failed foster care system. Let’s fix it.
Everyone uses defense mechanisms to protect themselves from anxiety and in social settings to cope with what is happening around them. Defense mechanisms are usually healthy ways that people have to deal with whatever is happening but become pathological when maladaptive behaviors emerge from the unconscious mind to manipulate or deny reality. Addicts use defense mechanisms to rationalize their addiction and to protect their own ego. Continue reading What family and friends can do to help a loved one with an addiction.