Project Term: 18 months; Ended 2019
Grant Amount: $75,000
Through this project, Child Bridge worked to improve placement outcomes for children who have experienced trauma and require well-equipped families for permanency placements. Through education and mentoring, Child Bridge educated families on types of common behaviors and helped them build support networks. Mentoring and support was provided to families throughout placement and adoption. Child Bridge was able to establish permanency arrangements for 16 children, many of whom had spent months or years in state custody and experienced multiple foster care and group home placements. While measuring the exact cost savings the project achieved for the state is difficult, a conservative estimate suggested that this project saved the state more than $500,000 for each child placed. Child Bridge will continue to work with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services Department of Child and Family Services and have become a resource for social workers who are trying to identify families for child placement. While Child Bridge has not secured permanent funding for the services they provide, through this project they were able to establish cost saving estimates that provide a basis for negotiations with the state.