Simply put, there's a child welfare crisis in our state.
Approximately 3,300 children are currently in the Montana foster care system, and some of these children are available for adoption. The number of children coming into foster care in the state is at an all-time high. And, the number of available, trained and licensed families is less than half the number of children in need. Children who come into foster care have been abused or neglected and need a safe haven, whether it is temporary or permanent.
With too few families to care for these children, they may be removed from familiar surroundings, and often bounce from place to place. And far too many adoptable children are languishing in the Montana foster care system without permanent families to care for them.
When children need to be removed from their homes for their safety, in order for placements to be thoughtful and well matched, a great diversity of trained and ready families are needed in every Montana community.
Families are needed to provide regular foster care, as well as foster to adopt.