Montana’s new child protection leader

Maurita Johnson is the new leader of the agency responsible for protecting Montana children from abuse and neglect. That job has never been more challenging. The number of abused and neglected children coming into the state system continues to grow. Recently, Montana reached an all-time high number of children in foster care with 3,369 children […]

14 Montana kids died within a year of abuse reports

HELENA – Three months after child welfare workers received reports about methamphetamine use in a Great Falls low-income apartment, police found an infant girl dead in a freezing cold room with the window open in winter. The baby’s mother had a previous conviction for possession of drug paraphernalia and her live-in boyfriend had been convicted […]

Children in crisis: Missoula, state grapple with increasing child abuse cases

Watson Children’s Shelter built a second shelter in July 2010. If they were to build a third shelter, Boehm worries it would be full in no time. by CHELSEA DAVIS updated May 21, 2016 There’s a sense of helplessness surrounding the rise in child abuse and neglect cases in Missoula and across the state. Watson Children’s Shelter built a […]