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In 1990, 2.7 million children were reported abused and neglected. Two-thirds of these reports (including anonymous phone calls to "hot lines") were not substantiated.

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Montana CPS News Archive

The Montana news section is your source for the latest in family rights news items, CPS reform efforts, open court demands, abolition of confidentiality laws that judges hide behind, foster care deaths and issues, legal cases and more... Please Email Kidjacked with news and information from the state of Montana and I will include it here in our coverage.

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Officials of the Montana Fish and Wildlife Agency have closed over 180-miles of the Yellowstone River and hundreds of miles of other waterways. The move came following a massive fish die-off that saw thousands of fish killed.

Fishing guides and rafting operators who run businesses along the river said the move could be catastrophic to the area's sizable outdoor industry, which depends heavily on the busy summer season. One official said the closure could last for months if river conditions don't improve and fish keep dying. The closure extends to hundreds of miles of waterways that feed into the Yellowstone, including the Boulder, Shields and Stillwater rivers.

August 20, 2016

by Gail Schontzler

On the May morning when two state social workers came to take their foster child away, Luis and Joseph Serrano stood and cried.

The gay Bozeman couple, married since 2014, became foster care parents in hopes of adopting a neglected or abandoned child and starting a family. "We want to have children for the same reason anyone wants to have children," Joseph said. "To see them grow up, get married, have children of their own. It's part of the human condition.

August 4, 2016

HELENA - Eight people with a Great Falls-based group spent nearly two hours Wednesday standing at a Helena intersection calling for more reforms to the state's Child and Family Services division and to protest recent findings by a state panel.

"We need to change the system because it's destroying families," said Georgia Miller, a member of Grandparents Protection Services, a community-based group of mostly grandparents who have held rallies before to draw attention to the issue. Wednesday's rally was at Montana and Custer avenues.

June 1, 2016

The Montana Supreme Court has ruled indigent parents facing the loss of their parental rights have the constitutional right to be represented by an attorney whether the state or another party initiates the court proceedings.

The ruling came in the case of a Lincoln County woman who appealed the termination of her parental rights to two children based on a petition filed by the children's stepmother, who sought to adopt them.

January 20, 2015

by Holbrook Mohr

An Associated Press investigation has found that at least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span while in plain view of child protection officials.

The children lost their lives even as authorities were investigating their families or providing some form of protective services. The AP canvassed the 50 states, District of Columbia and the military.

December 28, 2014

CROW AGENCY, Mont. - American Indian tribes have more than access to national parks on the line with the government shutdown, as federal funding has been cut off for crucial services including foster care payments, nutrition programs...

For the 13,000 members of southeast Montana's Crow Tribe, the budget impasse had immediate and far-reaching effects: Tribal leaders furloughed more than 300 workers Wednesday, citing the shutdown and earlier federal budget cuts. As a result, tribal programs including home health care for the elderly and disabled, bus service for rural areas, and a major irrigation project were suspended indefinitely.

October 3, 2013

by Tandy Khameneh

A disabled client has received a home hospital bed but needs sheets and bedding. The size is twin extra long. She also needs a twin extra long waterproof mattress pad.

A family providing foster care to their granddaughter needs help with their rent payment and are $200 short. The family is new to the area and they are trying to get back on their feet. Grandpa recently got a job and grandma is actively interviewing for positions, but they desperately need immediate help with their rent. Any donations would be greatly appreciated and can be paid directly to the landlord if necessary.

July 8, 2013

by Lee Enterprises

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks bear manager Jamie Jonkel's morning routine follows a regular pattern. He opens his email and hurriedly sorts through the piles of photos and videos people have sent him from their remote game cameras the night before.

"I'm getting pictures from hundreds of cameras and videos," Jonkel said. "It's great, because instead of someone calling to say, 'Hey, there's a grizzly in the area,' they're sending pictures of the lion feeding on a dead deer, or a skunk squeezing through to get the chickens. We're getting incredible footage from all over Montana."

June 2, 2013

The nation's leading end-of-life choice advocacy group, Compassion & Choices, praised the Montana Senate today for reversing course and rejecting a House-passed bill that would imprison doctors for up to 10 years if they provide aid in dying to terminally

The 27-23 bipartisan vote against the so-called Doctor Imprisonment Act, HB505, came after both Democrats and Republicans spoke out against the legislation. Just last week, the Senate voted 31-17 to approve a motion to "blast" the legislation out of committee to the Senate floor.

April 16, 2013

by Marc Courtenay

Frankly, I seldom shop WFM. The main reason is because there's a locally owned and operated business in my community that sells only natural and organic food and other supplies.

NGVC was built on the premise that consumers should have access to affordable, high-quality foods and dietary supplements, with nutritional guidance to help them support their own health. The family-run store has grown into a successful national chain with locations across Colorado, Texas, Utah, Wyoming, Oklahoma, Missouri, New Mexico, Montana, Kansas, Idaho, Nebraska, Arizona and Oregon. Altogether, the company has 1,800 employees.

April 8, 2013

Brian Christine, who served 12 years behind bars, had taken his three daughters at gunpoint in a case that brought national attention to parental rights.

Christine, took the girls at gunpoint near Myrtle Creek in 2001. Christine, his wife, Ruth and an accomplice were arrested days later in Montana. While awaiting trial, Ruth Christine appeared on NBC's "Today" show to assert that the state had overstepped its authority by taking custody of their children. The case also generated much interest from anti-government and parental-rights activists on the Internet and talk radio.

March 10, 2013

by Alyssa Nenemay

PABLO - Members of the Tribal Social Services Department (TSSD) met with Tribal Council to report a significant rise in meth related referrals to Child Protective Services on the Flathead Reservation.

The program has reported 81 meth related referrals in 2012, a significant leap from the 31 cases reported for 2011. The findings have shown an emphasis on this past December, which accounted for 16 of the cases. "We heard there was a huge shipment of meth to the reservation during December and our numbers are showing that," said TSSD Department Head Constance Morigeau. "Over the past month we have had five newborns referred to us because of meth. Three were born early and two are on Morphine drips."

January 19, 2013

by Alyssa Nenemay

PABLO - Members of the Tribal Social Services Department (TSSD) met with Tribal Council to report a significant rise in meth related referrals to Child Protective Services on the Flathead Reservation.

The program has reported 81 meth related referrals in 2012, a significant leap from the 31 cases reported for 2011. The findings have shown an emphasis on this past December, which accounted for 16 of the cases.

January 17, 2013

HELENA, Mont. - A photo posted on Missoula-based Big Sky Brewing Co.'s Facebook page has ignited a hot debate over hunting ethics and exposed an online culture clash.

The photo features a female Big Sky employee posing with a large mountain lion she recently bagged during hunting season. Facebook users shared the photo, posted Dec. 15, more than 90 times, and it had more than 400 "likes" as of Friday afternoon.

December 23, 2012

by Joe Wolverton, Ii, J.D.

Of those 72 hours of election coverage not one minute was devoted to reporting the results of several ballot initiatives nullifying unconstitutional acts of Congress.

Massachusetts: A substantial majority of voters (64 percent) in the Bay State voted in favor of a law "eliminating state criminal and civil penalties related to the medical use of marijuana, allowing patients meeting certain conditions to obtain marijuana produced and distributed by new state-regulated centers or, in specific hardship cases, to grow marijuana for their own use."

November 8, 2012

This summer, homeschool graduate Christina Colster (names changed to protect privacy) received an answer she had waited for her entire senior year: Social Security recognized that she was a homeschooled student and awarded her benefits previously denied.

Until her 18th birthday in September 2011, Christina received child benefits through her mother's disability benefits. Because she was a student, she was eligible to continue receiving the benefits until her graduation in June 2012, according to Social Security guidelines.

September 10, 2012

by Live On Page

A 24-year-old Libby man has been charged with felony arson after a nearly two-month investigation by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.

Marcus Wayne Light is alleged to have set fire to the McGrade Center on July 8, causing roughly $73,000 worth of damage to a Child Protective Services office.

September 1, 2012

The Great Falls KONOS Homeschool Group will perform a play based on the novel by C.S. Lewis, 'The Silver Chair,' this weekend at Valley Community Bible Church.

Admission to the play, which runs today and Saturday at 7 p.m., is free, but canned or dried food donations are being accepted for the Great Falls Rescue Mission.

May 4, 2012

A former Bozeman man, who drew attention last year after the owner of Yellowstone Montessori Academy and parents of children attending the Kagy Boulevard school voiced concerns about a registered sex offender living next door.

David Woodfin, 63, was sentenced to 15 months in prison and lifetime supervised release on Thursday before U.S. District Judge Dana L. Christensen. Woodfin pleaded guilty to the charge last year.

January 12, 2012

Each year, Empty Stockings gives readers a way to connect with struggling families around Billings.

The profiles are real, but the names have been changed to protect the identities of those who need your help.

December 6, 2011

by Breanna Roy

MISSOULA - Children on at least three Montana reservations will soon benefit from a major federal grant.

The National Native Children's Trauma Center at The University of Montana received a $3.2 million award from the federal Administration for Children and Families to combat child abuse in Indian Country. Manning said child abuse and neglect lie at the root of our nation's leading social problems.

October 6, 2011

by Kevin Maki

MISSOULA, Mont. -- Forty-five Native American men and women claim they suffered sexual, physical and emotional abuse at the hands of Catholic clergy in Montana.

MISSOULA, Mont. -- Forty-five Native American men and women claim they suffered sexual, physical and emotional abuse at the hands of Catholic clergy in Montana. They are adults now, and joined by family members at a press conference in Missoula. Most attended the Ursuline Academy mission school at St. Ignatius.

September 27, 2011

The death of a 3-year-old boy who was left in a parked car in HardinĀ is under investigation.

Bullis said an autopsy determined the boy died from hyperthermia, a condition caused by elevated body temperature. The boy was from Lodge Grass, but he was in a foster care home in Hardin, Bullis said.

August 19, 2011

by Craig D. Stanley II

According to the documentary, nearly 30,000 youth "age-out" of foster care each year. Few get any help after that.

Walter appeared on Capitol Hill Monday before welfare researchers, advocates, policy makers and others to screen the documentary and participate in a discussion as a part of National Foster Care Month.

Kansas City infoZine News

May 19, 2010

Someone threw a molotov cocktail through the window of a Billings, Mont., business that provides marijuana for medical use early Monday and spray-painted "NOT IN OUR TOWN" on its storefront, the second such act in as many days, authorities said.

The incidents come as the Billings City Council is scheduled to vote Monday night on a six-month moratorium on approving additional marijuana businesses. A rock was used to break the glass of Montana Therapeutics at 4:30 a.m. Monday, and a beer bottle filled with gasoline was lighted and thrown inside, according to Sgt. Kevin Iffland of the Billings police.

The Washington Post

May 11, 2010

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by Annette Hall

Most states have safe haven laws on the books, permitting a new parent to drop off an infant at a local fire department or hospital without repercussions. This is a laudable service that I am certain has had a positive impact on more than one infants life over the years.


May 15, 2010

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