CHILD BRIDGE, INC

Every Child is a Masterpiece Worthy of Being Seen

Bigfork, MT   |  www.childbridgemontana.org

Mission

Child Bridge finds and equips foster and adoptive families for children who have suffered abuse or neglect.

Ruling year info

2010

Executive Director

Jenna Taylor

Main address

P0 Box 310

Bigfork, MT 59911 USA

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Formerly known as

Child S.H.A.R.E. Montana Inc

EIN

27-3382066

NTEE code info

Foster Care (P32)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There is a foster care crisis in Montana. Approximately 3,800 children have been removed from their homes due to severe abuse or neglect. Child Bridge finds and equips foster and adoptive families for these children.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Monthly Foster/Adoptive Family Resource Groups

Child Bridge provides monthly Foster/Adoptive Family Resource Groups that strengthen and encourage families as they walk the foster journey. These vital Resource Groups provide continuing education, a quality meal and child care. Notably, the State of Montana has approved the Child Bridge Group for 2 hours of renewal licensing credit for each class attended.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Partnering with the local church, Child Bridge works to find and recruit foster/adoptive families. After presenting the need for families to foster/adopt, Child Bridge provides informational meetings for families, answering questions and guiding them through the journey of caring for foster children.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of Foster Families Recruited

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Christians

Related Program

Foster/Adoptive Family Recruitment

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Child Bridge recruits foster families through churches across the state of Montana. We walk alongside families during the State licensing process, answering questions and equipping families.

Instances of adults and children served at Child Bridge monthly Foster/Adoptive Resource Groups

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Caregivers, At-risk youth

Related Program

Monthly Foster/Adoptive Family Resource Groups

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Child Bridge offers monthly Foster/Adoptive Family Resource Groups that provide education, resources and relationships for those in the foster journey.

Number of Children Child Bridge Families have Cared for

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, At-risk youth

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Child Bridge recruits and equips foster families to care for Montana children in need of care, whether that child's need is short-term or long-term.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Child Bridge's mission is laser-focused: to find foster and adoptive families for Montana's child victims of abuse and neglect and to equip those families to care for children who have experienced trauma. Founded in the Flathead Valley in 2010, Child Bridge recruitment efforts doubled the number of licensed foster families in the valley within the first year. Due to the rapidly increasing need for well-equipped foster families across the state, our vision widened to find and equip families in other regions of Montana. Operations began in Billings in 2015, Missoula in 2016, Bozeman and Butte in 2017, Great Falls and Glendive in 2018.

The Child Bridge business model is strategically simple. Each office across the state has a Regional Director who owns the Child Bridge mission locally, recruiting foster families and guiding the families who come forward through the licensing process. Once a family becomes licensed, the local Child Bridge Outreach and Support Coordinator walks alongside them throughout their foster/adoptive journey, offering consistent communication and access to numerous resources, including: Child Bridge Monthly Foster/Adoptive Family Resource Groups, Foster Family Support Team Trainings, national conferences on trauma-informed parenting, and assistance in meeting a child's immediate physical needs upon removal. Well-equipped and connected families experience greater success and longevity as foster parents, creating environments where children can experience healing.

Child Bridge's laser-sharp focus and highly replicable business model have proven successful at finding and supporting foster/adoptive families for these children in need. While thoughtful, highly relational and informational foster family recruiting is challenging, the number of knowledgeable Child Bridge recruited/supported families continues to increase.

Due to the success of the Child Bridge model at finding and equipping foster and adoptive families for Montana children, the State of Montana has sought out Child Bridge as a key partner in reaching its strategic goals for child welfare and permanency. In 2016, Child Bridge was recognized in Washington D.C. as the first Montana organization to receive the Angel in Adoption award by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI). The CCAI is the largest nonpartisan, bicameral caucus in the U.S. and serves as a consulting arm to the Senate and Congress on child welfare issues. Each year, the coalition recognizes individuals or organizations who have made extraordinary contributions to the areas of foster care/adoption, child welfare and permanency with the Angel in Adoption Award. Child Bridge was selected by both Senator Tester and Congressman Zinke.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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CHILD BRIDGE, INC

Board of directors
as of 6/4/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Bill Goodwin

Managing Partner for Northwestern Mutual, Retired

Term: 2019 - 2027

Bryan Douglass

Tony George

Marvin Wilson

Jared Hauskins

Dan Rearden

Jenni Leach

Paul Husted

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes