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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

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There is a foster care crisis in Montana. As of December 2022, approximately 2,600 children are in the foster care system, having 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 Group Education

Child Bridge provides monthly Group Education for foster families and families who have adopted children from foster care. These gathering sstrengthen and encourage families as they walk their foster journey. These vital sessions 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 local churches, Child Bridge works to find and recruit foster/adoptive families. Child Bridge also uses targeted social media advertisement to reach Christian families who may be called to foster. As a first step, Child Bridge provides informational meetings for families, answering questions and guiding them through the journey of caring for foster children. A family is counted as "recruited" only when there is a warm handoff to the State or another approved foster-licensing entity.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Small groups spend 4-5 weeks studying a book together, like Reframing Foster Care (by Jason Johnson). These facilitated discussions also take a “deeper dive” into topics covered in monthly group education. Families leave each session with tangible takeaways and practical parenting skills they can put into place right away. These small groups also build a community among local foster families.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Angels in Adoption Award 2016

Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute

Affiliations & memberships

Christian Alliance For Orphans, Current Member 2024

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

Holding steady

Context Notes

Every year, Child Bridge is the top recruiter of foster families in Montana. Beginning in 2020, Child Bridge counts a family as "recruited" when they move forward with the foster licensing process.

Instances of adults and children served at Child Bridge monthly Foster/Adoptive Group Education

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 Group Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is the original "equipping" program. Beginning in 2020, other training and support programs have been introduced, giving families more options of how to engage with Child Bridge services.

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

Decreasing

Context Notes

The number of children in the child welfare system has been steadily decreasing, so the number of children needing care has also decreased. (Prior to 2021, child placements had been underreported.)

Instances of adults served at Child Bridge Foster/Adoptive Parent small group/book studies

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Small group/book studies were introduced in 2021 as program to augment monthly group education.

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.

Consistent with our mission, Child Bridge's overarching goals are to RECRUIT foster families and EQUIP foster and adoptive families to successfully care for children who have suffered unspeakable trauma caused by abuse and neglect.

ABOUT RECRUITING

Finding a family takes many touch points. This includes presenting information (usually at churches), answering questions, and offering guidance through the training and licensing process.

In 2021, we started offering FOSTER CARE INFORMATION MEETINGS. These meetings are a way for families to learn more, alongside other people who are in exactly the same place – the very beginning.

When a family is ready to move forward and start the process of becoming licensed, Child Bridge makes a warm handoff to the State or another approved training/licensing entity.

ABOUT EQUIPPING

For many years, Child Bridge has offered MONTHLY GROUP EDUCATION in communities across the state. During COVID, we quickly transitioned to virtual group education sessions. Today we offer both in-person and virtual options.

In 2021, we introduced SMALL GROUP/BOOK STUDIES. These are facilitated discussions that take a “deeper dive” into topics. Families leave with tangible takeaways and practical parenting skills they can put into place right away. These small groups also build a community among local foster families.

We also offer social FAMILY GATHERINGS. These are casual, but intentional, together-time for the whole family. These meet-ups are designed to help foster families meet others, connect, and know that they aren’t alone on their fostering journey.

In 2022, there were 2,718 instances of adult caregivers participating in Child Bridge equipping programs and services.

A Child Bridge foster mom says, “We are no longer living on an island. Every Child Bridge connection and class helps us learn how to be successful foster parents.”

Our mission remains laser-focused and strategically simple: “to find and equip foster and adoptive families for children who have suffered from abuse and neglect.”

The work, however, is far from easy.

We remain highly attune to what families want and need in order to be successful caring for children who have experienced unspeakable trauma.

For instance, we have EXPANDED THE WAY WE EQUIP FAMILIES: from monthly, in-person group education events to a variety of online and in-person options, including our very popular book study groups (introduced in 2021) and our new parent-child together programming (introduced in 2022). In 2023, we will be unveiling an online resource library with more than 250 vetted books, articles, websites, webinars and more.

In response to family feedback, we will also be producing specialized, trauma-informed “micro-content” for foster/adoptive families. For instance, a mom who doesn’t have time to read a book can read a blog. Or listen to a podcast while she washes dishes or drives around town.

Child Bridge is also committed to STAFF DEVELOPMENT / SPECIALTY JOB KNOWLEDGE to better equip families. We currently have 8 formally trained TBRI(R) Practitioners on staff. (TBRI is Trust-Based Relational Intervention -- the trauma-informed caregiver model we use to train families.) We also have 3 Certified Parent Coaches on staff, and plans to upskill others.

By expanding our equipping offerings and building our teams’ skill sets, we can build parents’ skill sets, which will improve outcomes for families and the children their care.

Child Bridge was founded in Bigfork, Montana in 2011. In its first year, the co-founders' recruitment efforts doubled the number of licensed foster families in Flathead Valley. Given this early success, and the growing need for foster families, Child Bridge strategically and thoughtfully expanded its reach.

We opened our first regional office in Billings (2015), followed by Missoula (2016), Bozeman (2017), Great Falls (2018), Butte (2019), Glendive (2019), Kalispell (2021) and Helena (2022).

Hundreds of foster families have been recruited across Montana, and thousands of hurting children have found safety and stability in their arms... whether they needed a family for a few days, a few months, or forever.

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Child Bridge is a highly respected social impact organization. Our work has garnered national attention, for providing thoughtful and life-changing solutions to the child welfare problem.

In 2016, in Washington DC, Child Bridge became the first Montana organization to receive the ANGELS IN ADOPTION AWARD from the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. This award recognizes individuals or organizations that have made extraordinary contributions to the areas of foster care/adoption.

In 2018, our co-founders, Steve and Mary Bryan were recognized as the NonProfit PRO NONPROFIT PROFESSIONALS OF THE YEAR. They received the “UNSUNG HEROES” award for their impact on the lives of Montana’s children and families.

Every year, Child Bridge is the TOP RECRUITER of new foster families for the State of Montana. In 2021, Child Bridge introduced 109 families for training/licensing This is especially meaningful because Montana was one of only 15 states in the nation that increased the number of licensed foster families in 2021.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

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 01/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Anthony George

DA Davidson

Term: 2023 - 2024

Bryan Douglass

Marvin Wilson

Jared Hauskins

Dan Rearden

Jenni Leach

Bill Goodwin

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/18/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data