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Please Note:  The Yellowstone Valley CAC (YVCAC) has a new phone number and email address.  To reach the YVCAC , please contact Nichole Lund at 406-598-0791 or yellowstonevalleycac@gmail.com 

Welcome to the Children’s Alliance of Montana — CAM. The Children’s Alliance of Montana is pleased to announce their re-accredited by the National Children’s Alliance at their January, 2018 board meeting.

The new year brings leadership changes to the Children’s Alliance of Montana. CAM is pleased to announce that Tara A. Harris is our new Board Chair. Tara took the reigns as Chair on January 1, 2018. Tara is a former prosecutor from the Lewis and Clark County Attorney’s Office. She is currently in private practice.

CAM’s Executive Committee:

Tara A. Harris, Harris Law Firm, Chair

Brett Linneweber, Senior Deputy, Yellowstone County Attorney

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

Tracy Hemry, Secretary, Coordinator, Cascade County CAC, A Program of DPHHS

Lynelle Amen, Treasurer, Counselor, Yellowstone Counseling Center

CAM is pleased to announce our Advanced Medical Issues in Child Abuse Training with Dr. Kathryn Wells, M.D., F.A.A.P on April 14th at St. Patrick’s Hospital in Missoula. For more information, please see the flyer below. A link to the registration form is also posted below.

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Children’s Alliance of Montana

Please click on the Newsletter tab for our latest newsletter and CAM Brochure. CAM is an Accredited Chapter of the National Children’s Alliance.

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

Tara A. Harris, Chair, Harris Law Office PLLC, Former Prosecutor

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

Lynelle Amen, Treasurer, Yellowstone Counseling Center

Brett Linneweber, Vice Chair, Senior Deputy Yellowstone County Attorney

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

Kip Tkachyk, 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 Laurence-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

Molly Rose Fehringer, Deputy Yellowstone County Attorney/Acting CAC Coordinator, Yellowstone Valley CAC, A program of the Yellowstone County Attorney’s Office

Emily Harshman, CAC Coordinator, Bullhook CAC, A program of the Bullhook Community Health Center

Christina Powell, Executive Director, Gallatin County CAC, a Program of Help Inc.

Juanita Cantrell, Program Director, Fort Peck Tribe CAC, A program of the Red Bird Women’s Center

Don Guiberson, Chief of Police, Dillon Police Department

Children’s Alliance of Montana Advisory Council

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

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



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