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Apr 22, 2014 9:56 AM by MTN News - Missoula

Montanans honored for working to prevent child abuse and neglect

MISSOULA -- Montanans who work to prevent child abuse and neglect were honored on Monday at the annual Prevent Child Abuse & Neglect Conference in Missoula.

The people recognized at the event are from Missoula, Trout Creek, Helena, Billings, Kalispell and Browning and include licensed foster parents, youth in foster care, child advocates, and Child & Family Services Division (CFSD) staff of the Montana Department of Health & Human Services.

Two of those people are Missoula's Tyson and Kim Moore, who are this year's Montana Foster Parents of the Year. Lauren Kelso of the Missoula Child and Family Services Division field office nominated the Moores because of their ongoing dedication and commitment to foster children.

The Moores have two biological sons, and are in the process of adding another son to their family with the adoption of a 1-year-old foster child. At this time, they also have another foster child living in their home temporarily.

Missoula's Courtney Callaghan, a CFSD employee, will receive the Engaging Families in Positive Change Award, which goes to a person who works with families to carry out the mission of CFSD in a manner that is positive and respectful of each family's strengths.

Additional award winners are:

· Youth Achievement of the Year, Cory Radcliffe, Trout Creek and Austin After Buffalo, Havre. This award is given to a foster or adoptive youth(s) who exhibits a drive to be successful and makes positive changes in their life.

· Above and Beyond Award, Student Assistance Foundation, Helena. This award goes to an individual or organization that performs above and beyond the call of duty, gives their time to support the unit, team, agency and /or community.

· Creative Solutions, Janice Basso, Helena. This award goes to an individual or team that utilizes creative problem-solving and resource allocation to better serve children and families.

· Montana's Children's Trust Fund Award, Roberta Kipp, Browning. The Trust Fund, administratively attached to DPHHS, provides financial support to local programs across the state to prevent child abuse and neglect and strengthen families. The Trust Fund board honors an individual every year that has gone above and beyond to help children and families.

CASA Awards

The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) organization refers to trained community volunteers appointed by a judge to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children in court. This year's CASA award winners are:

· Judge of the Year. Judge Susan Watters, Billings.

· CASA Staff Person of the Year. Cindy Basnett, Kalispell.

· CASA Volunteer of the Year. Cori Stern, Missoula.

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