Our Mission

Child Bridge finds and equips foster and adoptive families for children who have suffered abuse and neglect.

If just 7% of today’s Christians cared for a single orphan, there would be no more orphans.

Outreach Magazine, 2008

OUr Story

There are 143 million orphans in the world. That statistic first jumped off the page of a magazine and pierced our hearts in 2008. How could there be such a devastating crisis afflicting the children God specifically calls His people to defend? If just 7% of today’s Christians cared for a single orphan, there would be no more orphans.

God charged us with finding those Christians, families to care for vulnerable children who have suffered abuse and neglect. And with one of the nation’s highest rates of children in foster care per capita, we knew we had to begin right here in Montana. So, with a singular focus of finding a family for every child, we launched the mission of Child Bridge.

We began recruiting families to carry this mission forward. But the real, hard work of caring for these hurting children illuminated another need — the need to train, support and connect the families fighting on the front lines.

Today, Child Bridge stands in the gap by recruiting and equipping those who follow God’s call to love His precious kids — whether a child’s need is a few days, a few months or forever. We envision a day when no child is left waiting for a family but rather an army of families stands ready to care for them.

We do what we do because we believe every child is a masterpiece worthy of being seen.

Join us. They are worth it.

The Team

Home Office Team

Dan
Minor
Senior Director of Donor Relations

Dan brings over 15 years of professional fundraising experience to the Child Bridge team. He graduated with a Religious Studies degree from Saint Martin's University where the Lord also ignited a passion for serving his community. Dan delights in using his corporate talents to further God’s work — finding and equipping foster families for children in our state who need them.

Dan Minor
Senior Director of Donor Relations
TBRI® Practitioner
Certified Fund Raising Executive
Katie
Brien
Director of Administration

Katie’s organizationally gifted mind and Christ-loving heart drive Child Bridge forward day by day. Born, raised and educated in Montana, she earned her B.S. in Business Administration from The University of Montana. Her diligent work and eye for detail ensure the various departmental components of Child Bridge work together cohesively and employees are able to thrive.

Katie Brien
Director of Administration
TBRI® Practitioner
Tricia
Collins
Director of Missional Impact

God began preparing Tricia for this mission long ago. A former youth in foster care, she went on to earn a degree in Ministry Leadership from Northwest University. She built a successful corporate career prior to becoming a stay-at-home mom to her two girls, one of whom was adopted from foster care. Today, her past emboldens her to speak for the voiceless and work toward finding a family for every child.

Tricia Collins
Director of Missional Impact
TBRI® Practitioner
TBRI Practitioner
Cameron
Schieldt
Director of Marketing

Cameron developed a passion for helping Montana’s youth thrive at an early age. He grew up on a Christian summer camp before going on to earn his B.S. in Public Relations and Advertising from Liberty University. He now takes joy in utilizing his corporate experience working for full-service marketing agencies to better the lives of vulnerable kids while living in his favorite place on earth.

Cameron Schieldt
Director of Marketing
TBRI® Practitioner
Mary
Bryan
Cofounder & Director of Donor Relations

God broke Mary’s heart for the fatherless children of Montana over 10 years ago. Burdened by the need they saw around them, she and her husband, Steve, left behind executive careers and co-founded Child Bridge. Through her tireless work to develop this mission and engage donors, she pursues her vision of a day when God’s people boldly step forward to care for God’s children.

Mary Bryan
Cofounder & Director of Donor Relations
TBRI® Practitioner
Mary Cloud
Vander Ark
Copywriter

Mary Cloud’s own adoption story and love for children drew her into this beautiful fight. With a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Mississippi, she moved to Montana where she gained experience in newspaper journalism and nonprofit marketing. Unable to unsee the hurting children in her community, she aims to tell their stories through her work as she and her husband step into foster care at home.

Mary Cloud Vander Ark
Copywriter
TBRI® Practitioner
Nicholas
Van Oort
Marketing Tech & Production Specialist

Growing up in a family that fostered set a deep desire in Nicholas to see kids from hard places find safe and loving homes. An ordained minister with a B.A. in Organizational Leadership from Northwest University, Nicholas has a background in church leadership prior to joining Child Bridge. His heart for service and diverse talents have enabled him to fulfill numerous roles in this mission through the years.

Nicholas Van Oort
Marketing Tech & Production Specialist
TBRI® Practitioner

Coaching Team

LaTrisha
Larson
Foster Parent Coaching Manager

Trust in the Lord has become the refrain of LaTrisha’s life and is what led her to join this crucial mission. With a B.S. in Psychology, she discovered her passion for working with families through nonprofit casework. For 10 years she then poured into her own family as a stay-at-home mom and wife to an active-duty soldier before the Lord finally called her back into the field to care for foster families across Montana.

LaTrisha Larson
Foster Parent Coaching Manager
TBRI® Practitioner
Certified Parent Coach
Heather
Morrow
Foster Parent Coaching Manager

As a child, Heather told her parents that no matter what the rest of her life looked like, she was going to adopt. To date, she and her husband have fostered 17 children since 2018. With a B.A. in Biblical Studies from William Jessup University, Heather brings experience in both ministry work and recruiting management for a national company. She aims to equip other families for the beautiful mission of foster care.

Heather Morrow
Foster Parent Coaching Manager
TBRI® Practitioner
Certified Parent Coach
Hanna
Carlson
Foster Parent Coach

Moving home to Montana prompted Hanna and her husband to step into foster care — a choice God has blessed many times over. With a Master's in Education from Lesley University, Hanna has over a decade of experience as a teacher. She is also a mom to three kids — two adopted from foster care. Looking back, she sees God’s hand in preparing her for the Kingdom work of empowering families like her own.

Hanna Carlson
Foster Parent Coach
TBRI® Practitioner
Lindsey
Casterline
Foster Parent Coach

Lindsey loves watching God answer prayers and yearns to help others pursue Him. She earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from Montana State University Northern and has served in ministry for over 20 years. The mom of seven kids, including one from foster care, she believes every child is precious and now enjoys equipping families with the tools that have helped her successfully navigate foster care.

Lindsey Casterline
Foster Parent Coach
TBRI® Practitioner
Andrea
Collins
Foster Parent Coach

Andrea devoted her life years ago to caring for vulnerable kids no matter where it took her. From missions in Haiti to church planting to fostering four children in their home, she and her family have traveled far and wide to follow God’s lead. But this Montana native finally felt the pull to move back in 2023, and Andrea now rejoices at the opportunity to pour into the children and foster families of her home state.

Andrea Collins
Foster Parent Coach
TBRI® Practitioner
Callie
McCullough
Foster Parent Coach

A helping heart drives Callie to seek the good of others in every endeavor. In addition to running Capstone, a non-profit that helps families with home and auto repairs, she has also opened a Play It Again Sports store in her hometown of Great Falls. A wife of 18 years and mom of four, Callie now joyfully serves the ministry that enabled she and her husband to share Christ’s love through their own foster care journey.

Callie McCullough
Foster Parent Coach
TBRI® Practitioner
Emmy
Ort
Foster Parent Coach

Emmy finds her highest joy in opening her home to provide safety and hope to any who need it. She earned a B.A. in Camp and Recreation Management from John Brown University before embarking on a 25-year career serving families affected by disabilities through camps and ministries. Since 2011, she and her family have shared their home and blessings with many children and teens from foster care.

Emmy Ort
Foster Parent Coach
TBRI® Practitioner

Recruiting Team

Cindy
Larsen
Foster Recruiting Manager

Justice-minded and love-led, Cindy does not shy away from the broken. Her B.A in Human Services from Western Washington University has served her in various fields, including ministry, treatment court and child protection. Seeing the desperate need for foster families across her home state led her to Child Bridge. That same heart led her and her husband to adopt her daughter from foster care.

Cindy Larsen
Foster Recruiting Manager
TBRI® Practitioner
TBRI Practitioner
Ray
Biggerstaff
Foster Recruiting Specialist

Mission-minded with a heart for children, Ray dove into foster care and never looked back. He received missionary training through Youth With A Mission in Las Vegas before joining their team full time. He and his wife have fostered 14 children over eight years – adopting two of them. The experience led Ray to seek out more families for more kids, passionately and professionally through Child Bridge.

Ray Biggerstaff
Foster Recruiting Specialist
TBRI® Practitioner
TBRI Practitioner

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Our Values

  • We Are Fearless.

    Our faces are as lions.

    We boldly step into the hard and uncertain because we know it’s not about us, our preferences, or our comfort. It’s about Kingdom work being done through earthen vessels –and that emboldens us to trust the Holy Spirit as we live beyond our comfort zones.

    "They were brave warriors, ready for battle and able to handle the shield and spear. Their faces were the faces of lions."

    1 Chronicles 12:8

  • We See The Unseen.

    What can be compels us.

    We see a day when what is in the heart of God is lived out on earth: when loving families will be waiting for children instead of children waiting for loving families. We believe new, innovative ways of advancing our mission exist and expectantly pursue how to bring them to be.

    "So we fix our eyes, not on what is seen, but on what is unseen."

    2 Corinthians 4:18

  • We Are Ambassadors.

    We bear the image of Another.

    We humbly surrender to the King in all aspects of our work and interactions. We seek God’s leading in prayer and in His Word. We are marked by the fruit of the Spirit and quick to repent when we step off course. We strive to do God’s work, God’s way for God’s glory.

    "But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness and into his wonderful light."

    1 Peter 2:9

  • We Go Out In Joy.

    Our path is marked by light.

    We are defined by the One who dwells within us, not what happens around us. Our spirits are light and nimble and free because we are filled with the Spirit of God who is the same. Our joy is a deliberate act of obedience in response to who Christ is and what He has done.

    "For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands."

    Isaiah 55:12

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    Meet The Founders

    Meet The Founders

    When Mary first showed Steve the statistic she’d found about the number of orphans in the world, his goal in life changed overnight. Driven by their new purpose, Steve and Mary both dropped successful corporate careers, determined to become a vessel for change. Foster care became the mission of their marriage, both at home and at work. They too opened their home to foster care. Their hearts broke for the children they felt called to help. And from the pieces, God built Child Bridge.

    Join our Team!

    We envision a day when families are waiting for children — rather than children waiting for families. But that doesn’t happen without skilled, high-capacity Jesus followers who want to be part of creating something bigger than themselves – something with lasting Kingdom impact. Is God calling you to do His work?

    If He is, we want you on our team. Check out our job openings and let us know how you could help take our mission to the next level.