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Gazette opinion: Less room for families in addiction recovery

Gazette opinion: Less room for families in addiction recovery

Billings needs more housing for mothers recovering from drug addictions and for their children. But next week, there will be less when the Center for Children and Families closes Housing Family Matters.

June 24, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Guest opinion: A child's story of fear, abuse, trauma

Looking out the window, and cautiously waiting for the moment when his father gets home, the fear begins to set in. Many reoccurring questions start to develop in his head:

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Gazette opinion: State must respond to epidemic of child neglect

Billings and Yellowstone county authorities report a surge in methamphetamine use locally in the past year. Meth is turning up in more police stops, resulting in more criminal charges and putting more children into emergency foster care.

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Child protection. With legislative sponsor Rep. Margie MacDonald and Yellowstone County Sheriff Mike Linder seated beside him, Gov. Steve Bullock signed a bill that requires state child protection authorities to promptly relay felony child abuse reports to local law enforcement. The gap in o…

May 12, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: Child protection budget shortchanges kids

Before lawmakers adjourn the 2013 session, Montanans should be aware of unintended consequences from decisions made in 90 busy workdays.

April 23, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

UM children's advocate named to national panel

MISSOULA - The director of the University of Montana's National Native Children's Trauma Center has been named to a new national panel to prevent child-abuse deaths.

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Gazette opinion: Congress acts to protect most precious resource

Child abuse and neglect takes a terrible toll on America’s youngest citizens. At least 1,545 U.S. children died in the year ended Sept. 30, 2011, from child abuse or neglect, according to the Child Maltreatment Report of 2011. Eighty-two percent were under age 4.

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Gazette opinion: Let’s find better help for abused, neglected kids

As of last month, 1,843 Montana children were in foster care.

June 06, 2012 12:10 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: Gap in abuse reporting needs to be closed

A child sex abuse case in the news last week had an unusual twist: Criminal charges were filed more than a year after state child protection authorities had decided not to relay the abuse report to law enforcement officials.

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Guest opinion: Montanans must step up to prevent child abuse

Guest opinion: Montanans must step up to prevent child abuse

This spring, the Department of Public Health and Human Services, Child and Family Services Division, has initiated statewide efforts to celebrate children. These efforts are in collaboration with the many community partners throughout Montana. Community collaborations raise awareness about c…

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Gazette opinion: Families need strong advocates

Families with mentally ill children face many extra hurdles. Costs and access to care are just part of the challenges. Despite significant scientific progress in understanding and treating mental illnesses over the past 20 years, many people still blame parents for children’s illnesses. Stig…

October 26, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

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