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News from the office of Governor Gianforte

HAMILTON — On May 10 in Hamilton, the governor led a roundtable discussion on foster care in Montana with local foster care families and providers.

“Montana tragically has one of the highest numbers of children in foster care per capita in the nation,” Gov. Gianforte said. “I appreciated sitting down today with some of the folks ensuring Montana kids have a safe, nurturing environment to grow up in.”

During the roundtable, participants discussed with the governor the importance of expanding access to addiction, behavioral, and mental health treatment services as well as workforce development opportunities for biological parents who want to get clean, sober, and healthy.

To combat child abuse and neglect, executive director of Bitterroot CASA Allison Dunne emphasized the need for community connections, saying, “We need to build connections for our kids. Children need to feel safe in school and in their neighborhoods. They need access to resources, and one of the greatest resources they can have is connection, whether to their neighbors, teachers, or friends.”

On May 9, Gov. Gianforte established May as Foster Care Month in Montana to support children in Montana’s foster care system as well as foster parents and advocates.

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