Adoption in Montana

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PO Box 8005
Helena, MT 59604
United States

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The children who are placed in foster care by CFSD range in age from infants to teenagers. They come from many different backgrounds and reflect the cultural diversity of the state. On December 30, 2022, 2,600 Montana children were in foster care because they had been abused, neglected, or abandoned by their parents or other caretakers.

Many of the children in foster care are insecure, frightened, confused, and angry about what has happened to them. Emotional, behavioral, mental, or physical problems related to the abuse or neglect are common.

Children who are available for adoption through the Child and Family Services Division of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services have been removed from their own families because of abuse, neglect or other family problems that make it unsafe for them to remain at home. The rights of their parents have been terminated making the children available for adoption.


Services and information

  • Traditional Foster Care
  • Emergency Foster Care
  • Respite Foster Care
  • Adoption

Requirements to become a foster parent

Adults interested in fostering and adoption can find support from the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS). The official state website answers commonly asked questions, provides information and resources for families, has information about tax credits and support groups, and more.

The Child and Family Services Division (CFSD) or your local child-placing agency should be one of your first points of contact if you need assistance.

Many online resources are entirely free to parents, such as blog articles. Support groups also exist to help you through the process by providing educational materials or connecting advocates. Foster parents can attend events as well, such as the Child Abuse and Neglect Conference.

Your local foster care agency is always there for you, so don't be afraid to ask questions or raise concerns. You're part of a team as a foster parent, and you can rely on the other team members, such as the case manager or birth parents.


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