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Monday, June 4, 2018 - It turns out Trump could shoot somebody on 5th Avenue without fear of indictment, according to one of his lawyers.

Also on our Monday rundown: LGBT detainees are 97 times more likely to face sexual assault in ICE detention; plus the EPA takes action to

protect consumers from formaldehyde on manufactured wood.



 

   

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Friday, June 1, 2018 - Reports of infighting at the White House over Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs. Also on our Friday rundown: as

Hurricane Season opens, pressure mounts to update national flood policy, and folks in hundreds of communities to wear orange this

weekend to protest gun violence. 


 

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Eric Tegethoff

May 31, 2018

HELENA, Montana - As the opioid crisis has grown in recent years, so has the number of children no longer able to safely live with their parents. 

Children's welfare advocates say it's important to support the foster parents and extended families increasingly being called on to care for children. 

As more U.S. parents addicted to opioids face incarceration, rehab or overdose, more children are in need of safe homes, creating more demand for foster care, according to the children and families advocacy organization Generations United. 

The number of children in foster care in Montana nearly doubled from 2007 to 2016, jumping from about 1,700 to nearly 3,400.

Jaia Lent, deputy executive director of Generations United, says those numbers are only a small part of the picture.

"For every one child in foster care with relatives, there are actually 20 being raised outside of foster care with grandparents or other relatives," she points out. "So we really want to be supporting the children and the family if the child can't remain with their parents, whether they're in foster care or outside of foster care."

In response to the growing need for foster caregivers, Congress in February passed the Family First Prevention Services Act. The law provides more funding for programs such as parenting classes, substance abuse treatment and mental health services - all designed to prevent children from being placed in foster care. 

The U.S. Senate this year also is recognizing Thursday as National Foster Parent Appreciation Day.

Lent hopes that as policymakers increase support for foster families, they also will continue to support relatives caring for children outside the system. 

As demand for caregivers rises, Lent says grandparents and other relatives are increasingly the ones stepping in to care for children. 

"The positive news about relying on relatives is that we know that children actually do better when they are placed with supported relatives versus non-relatives," she states.

Lent says children who can't remain under their parents' care for whatever reason often experience serious trauma, but she says research shows children who are able to stay with other family members typically show better mental and behavioral health.


 

     

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Thursday, May 31, 2018 - Media mogul Harvey Weinstein indicted on rape charges in New York. Also on our nationwide rundown: farm

workers concerned about pesticide training and some farmers turn thumbs down on the merger of Monsanto and Bayer, and some Puerto

Rico fire stations get solar power on the eve of hurricane season. 



 

     

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018 -  Trump tweets the Mueller probe will be “meddling” with the midterm elections. Also on the nationwide rundown: the

youngest in North Carolina could be negatively impacted by a high-speed budget bill; and what’s up with rice? A new says it’s being sapped of

essential nutrients by rising carbon dioxide levels.




 

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