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Welcome to the Children's Alliance of Montana -- CAM.  Please click on the Newsletter tab for our latest newsletter and CAM Brochure.  CAM is an Accredited Chapter of the National Children's Alliance.

CAM would like to congratulate Dana Toole, Bureau Chief, Children's Justice Bureau of the Montana Department of Justice and Advisory Board Member for the Children's Alliance of Montana for receiving the National Horowitz-Barker Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Children's Alliance at their leadership conference in Washington DC earlier this year.

This award recognizes a professional who has demonstrated, over the course of a career, a dedication to the CAC movement and a strengthening of the CAC model.  Award qualifications also require leading by example and demonstrating the spirit of collaboration that is the hallmark of MDT work.

Toole has mentored professionals in every Montana county and Tribe. Thanks to Dana, Montana has seven accredited CACs, seventeen developing CACs, four of which are Tribal CACs; three additional CACs have accreditation applications pending with NCA, and numerous active MDTs.  Please see the full Press Release for more information.  Please join me in congratulating Dana Toole.  Brenda George, Children's Alliance of Montana

Press Release Dana Toole Leadership Award NCA

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CAM welcomes Assistant Chief Don Guiberson of the Dillon Police Department to our Board of Directors.  We are excited to have his expertise in law enforcement and administration. Welcome Assistant Chief Guiberson and thank you for your willingness to serve on the Board of the Children's Alliance of Montana.

Congratulations to Emma's House Bitterroot Valley Child Advocacy Center. Their facility dog from Canine Companions is on it's way. Valerie Laurence,  Director, headed off for 2 weeks of training  to learn about working with an assistance dog. Below is a short video about Canine Companions, please take a moment to watch it.  We cannot wait to meet your Canine Companion Emma's House!

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The Cascade County Child Advocacy Center's Open House last week was an opportunity to showcase the great work of their multidisciplinary team, the CARE Center Board and the staff at the Department of Public Health and Human Services -- Tracy Hemry, Coordinator and Marti Vinning, Supervisor.  Congratulations and a big thank you to the professionals that make up the MDT and work diligently to protect children every day in Cascade County -- John Parker, County Attorney; Nichole Griffith, Victim Advocacy; Blue Corneliusen, Cascade Count Sheriff's Office; Noah Scott, Great Falls Police Department and Dr. Maynard, Medical Provider.  Congratulations on your Open House and your successful accreditation with the National Children's Alliance.

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Children’s Alliance of Montana

                 Strengthening teams and Children’s Advocacy Centers by empowering professionals to hold offenders accountable and to help children heal.

VISION 

 Let no child in Montana face the trauma of child abuse alone.

Let every abused child in Montana have the chance to heal.

MISSION

 That every child in Montana has access to a Children’s Advocacy Center and the expertise of professionals on a Multidisciplinary Team.

Provide support, training and technical assistance to professionals working on Multidisciplinary Teams and in Children’s Advocacy Centers to strengthen their response to child abuse and promote healing for victims and their families. 

 The Children’s Alliance of Montana is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide support, training and technical assistance to Children’s Advocacy Center’s and Multi-Disciplinary Teams across the State of Montana so that every child victim of abuse and his/her non-offending caregiver(s) has access to the services of a Children’s Advocacy Center and the expertise of a Multi-Disciplinary Team.

Children’s Advocacy Center’s and Multi-Disciplinary teams allow for centralized services to children who have been the victims of/or witnesses to crimes.  Collaboration between law enforcement, child protective services, prosecutors, medical providers, mental health counselors, and victim’s advocates are essential to meet the needs of the children and families who have been affected by crimes.

Nationwide, 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused prior to their 18th birthdays.  The Children’s Alliance of Montana is there to provide support for those who protect these children, and to minimize the trauma of the investigative process.  Through training and services to local agencies, the Children’s Alliance of Montana has helped thousands of children and families whose lives have been impacted by sexual and physical abuse.

For more information, please contact us:

Brenda George -- Executive Director --Email:   director@childrensalliancemt.org --   Phone:  406-672-2136

Children's Alliance of Montana Board Members

Coleen Magera, Chair, Retired Sanders, Custer and Powder River County Attorney

Tara Harris, Senior Trial Attorney, Harris Law Firm, Former Deputy Lewis and Clark County Attorney

Lynelle Amen, Secretary/Treasurer, Yellowstone Valley CAC

Brett Linneweber, Immediate Past Chair, Senior Deputy Yellowstone County Attorney

Devin Kuntz, Flathead County Children's Advocacy Center --  a program of the Flathead County Sheriff's Office

Paula Samms, Director, Lewis and Clark County CAC -- a program of A.W.A.R.E., Inc.

Mary Pat Hansen, Director, First STEP Resource Center -- a program of First Step Resource Center

Valerie Widmer, Executive Director of Emma’s House, Bitterroot Valley CAC

Molly Molloy, Director, Butte Child Evaluation Center, a program of Southwest Montana Community Health Center

Tracy Hemry, Coordinator, Cascade County CAC, A program of the Department of Health and Human Services

Coralee Hicks, Retired former Director, Tri-County Victim Witness Program

Eric Barnosky, Regional Administrator, Department of Public Health and Human Services, Eastern Region

Don Guiberson, Assistant Chief, Dillon Police Department

Dr. Earl Sutherland – Medical Director, Big Horn Valley Health Center

Children's Alliance of Montana Advisory Council 

Dana Toole, LCSW – Bureau Chief, Children's Justice Bureau, Montana Department of Justice