HELENA — Officials in Montana's Lewis and Clark County say the number of child abuse and neglect cases is increasing, and with it the demand for foster homes.
The Independent Record reports that last year the Lewis and Clark County Attorney's office dealt with 62 cases of children being removed from their homes — a 30 percent increase over 2010. County Attorney Leo Gallagher says the trend continues, with 66 cases tallied so far this year.
Jeff and Hilary Wald have fostered two children who were removed from their birth homes because of abuse issues. They've even put their Helena house on the market so they can buy a bigger residence, which will allow them to foster more kids.
There are nearly 2,000 children in foster care across Montana.