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While vague categories like "deprivation of necessities" may save a child from abandonment by a crack mother, they also allow child-welfare agencies to fall heavily on low-income households.

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Montana CPS News Archive

Montana News Coverage

by Greg Tuttle

The last of three people charged in the death five years ago of a 3-year-old Billings boy was sentenced Thursday in District Court.

Jennifer Anne Larson received a 10-year suspended prison sentence for felony criminal endangerment related to the Sept. 7, 2004, death of Ropati "Lupe" Mulipola. The boy died three days after Larson's former husband, Thomas Larson, picked him up by his ankles and dropped him on his head as punishment.

Billings Gazette

November 25, 2009

by Lorna Thackeray

In what may be the first proceeding of its kind in Montana, two women jointly adopted 4-year-old Morrgan -- both names were on the petition, not one or the other as is the usual procedure when gay couples want to adopt.

"We filled out the forms and the state wouldn't accept them. They're all set up for a mother and a father, not two mothers," Boettcher said. "When our case was transferred from Cascade to Yellowstone County, we were assigned a Family Resources officer. He was supportive and helped set us up to both be adoptive parents."

Billings Gazette

November 25, 2009

by KFBB News Team

Video Report: The Department of Health and Human Services is starting a registry that could potentially help foster care children to be placed in homes with their extended family.

A registered relative can now be considered as a placement for a child within foster care, thanks to the 2009 Close Relative Registry, which recently went into effect. The legislation defines a close relative as a grandparent, aunt, uncle, or adult sibling.


November 3, 2009

Home School Legal Defense Association assisted eight member families in Butte at the beginning of this school year when the county superintendent of schools rejected their notice of intent.

In a letter sent to each of the families, the superintendent stated that she was unable to "register" the children to be homeschooled because of insufficient information contained in the notices of intent.


September 18, 2009

by Judith Warner

Two years ago in June, Bridget Kevane, a professor of Latin American and Latino literature at Montana State University, drove her three kids and two of their friends - two 12-year-old girls, and three younger kids, age 8, 7 and 3 - to a mall near their ho

She put the 12-year-olds in charge, and told them not to leave the younger kids alone. She ordered that the 3-year-old remain in her stroller. She told them to call her on their cell phone if they needed her. And then she drove home for some rest. About an hour later, she was summoned back to the mall by the police, who charged her with endangering the welfare of her children.

The New York Times

July 11, 2009

by Matt Gouras

The state said Friday that it has settled accusations that child protective services workers unfairly discriminated against a disabled Livingston woman. The settlement will cost the state $330,000.

Geri Glass, bound to a wheelchair following a car accident, said the workers put onerous and unfair conditions on her. Glass said that when her son Gage was a newborn, state Child and Family Services workers told her they would take her son if they learned she had been left alone with him.

Helena Independent Record

May 10, 2008

by Department of Public Health & Human Services

This guide is to help you understand what happens during a Child & Family Services Division assessment and investigation.

We know that being involved in an investigation of child abuse or neglect can be stressful and frightening. Knowing what to expect can make it less difficult.

December 17, 2006

Title 41, Chapter 3, Montana Code Annotated

Find out your rights and responsiblities as defined under the Montana legal statues.

December 17, 2006

by T. Schmidt

Clarify state role for when a child can be placed with noncustodial parent.

A dispositional order must be made after a dispositional hearing that is separate from the adjudicatory hearing under 41-3-437. The hearing process must be scheduled and structured so that dispositional issues are specifically addressed apart from adjudicatory issues. Hearsay evidence is admissible at the dispositional hearing.

December 17, 2006

This site is dedicated to my children, and all others like them who have suffered at the hands of corruption.

On June 24, 2000, the "child protection" agency of Montana stole my 9 year old daughter because I didn't want her in a childrens' residential treatment center. (MT)

December 1, 2006

by Vicki Pierce

Like a lost soul on an endless voyage, Deborah Connor has never given up fighting to regain custody of her 11-year-old son, Ryan Cook.

When Deborah Connor lost custody of her 3-month-old, breast-feeding, infant son, on April 20, 1990, to Mark Cook, a batterer, in Billings, Montana, she couldn't believe that her right to due process was stolen in a court of law.

National Alliance for Family Court Justice

June 15, 2001

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