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Montana State Information

In Montana, nearly 12,000 children live with grandparents or other relative caregivers. Additionally, over 6,000 grandparents reported having their grandchildren living with them.

The state or tribes in Montana are able to determine if a child is unable to live in his or her home. In doing so, the state or tribe realizes that kinship care is the best alternative for home placement of a child. Children placed in kinship care are assigned a Child Protection Specialist, who assists kinship caregivers in decision making. Birth parents always have the ability to make decisions for the child, unless parental rights are terminated. Financial assistance is available to kinship care families. Licensed kin foster parents are able to receive foster care payments and Medicaid. Unlicensed kinship care families are eligible for TANF “child only” grants and food stamps.

Montana offers a diverse range of services, support, and assistance for kinship care families. Through public and private partnerships the state has been able to place many children with relatives, and prevent their entrance into the foster system.

By the Numbers
  • Over 12,000 children live with grandparents or other relative caregivers.
  • Over 6,000 grandparents report having their grandchildren living with them.
Grandparent Visitation

Download the Grandparent Visitation information here (current as of 8/1/11)

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