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Grant Gives Safety Net To Kids In Troubled Homes

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KALISPELL - Kids in bad situations will now have somewhere to stay for free thanks to a grant from the Montana Department of Health and Human Services.

Groups that work with kids in the Flathead, Butte, Dillon, Great Falls, Colstrip, Livingston, Bozeman, and Miles City will share more than $200,000.

A big chunk of the money is going toward emergency placement services, that's when a kid has to leave their home and stay in a licensed foster home for up to two weeks.

The new 24/7 care that starts in July means children won't have to travel hundreds of miles and find a way to pay for a shelter.

"I've had to send youth to Missoula to shelters. I had to place a kiddo in a shelter over the holidays last year. It was really hard, so this is really exciting that we have this," said Katie Gerten, a foster family licensing coordinator at Youth Dynamics in Kalispell.

The grant lasts a year, but it could come through again. Some of the grant will also pay for professional and parent workshops.

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