Kyle – Age 16:

Kyle is a youth who has been accepted into the Guide Homes Program.  At present, Kyle has made progress in his treatment and is ready to release from Pine Hills.  He is only ½ credit behind in school and states he desires to get his high school diploma versus his Hiset.  He states he is open to continuing to receive counseling and realizes his choices in peer groups and in the community have to be more positive.  Kyle states one of his acquired coping skills at present is to take time and slow down when processing a situation.  He states after he calms down, he can go back to the adults and “talk it out”.  Kyle sees a GHP as an opportunity to show himself, his family and his community that he can be successful.  Kyle would love to play high school basketball and get a job.

Jeremy – Age 11:

Jeremy is currently completing his treatment at a therapeutic group home.  Jeremy and his younger sister (whom we hope can be placed together) experienced parental neglect and abandonment throughout their younger childhood years.  Their parents struggled with domestic violence and addiction issues.  Jeremy struggles to trust adults will meet his needs and thus tends to resist adult care and structure.  Jeremy does respond well to positive reinforcement and praise; thus, it is important to “catch Jeremy being good.”  Jeremy struggles with anxiety issues.  Jeremy loves his family and worries about where he and his sister may end up.  He also worries about his parents and hopes they are doing okay.  Dan Fox Family Care Program hopes to find Jeremy and his little sister a permanent family where they have the opportunity to be children who are loved and cared for by caring adults.

DannyAge 16:

Danny is currently in a therapeutic group home and waiting to be matched with a family.  Danny has experienced significant parental neglect and domestic violence.  Danny has made significant progress in identifying and dealing with his feelings and emotions.  He has developed positive relationships with his teachers at school and is doing much academically as well.  Danny continues to express a strong desire to be a part of a family.  He is described as a boy who wants connection and relationships within a family.

MasonAge 13:

Mason was abused by his father and removed from the home at age 4.  The parents have relinquished their parental rights.  Mason currently resides at a therapeutic group home.  Group home staff state Mason has done well at the home.  They have not seen significant negative behaviors.  The staff describe him as a “smart and nice kid.”  Mason is in middle school and does well academically, earning A’s and B’s.  He enjoys school and is well-liked by his teachers.  Behaviorally, Mason has done well at school.  He would like to be a paleontologist, video game director, or game warden.

Billy – Age 14:

Billy is a youth who has been accepted into the Guide Homes Program.  Billy has a history of substance use and delinquency and is in need of a family or mentor to help him learn new ways of coping with life’s challenges.  Billy has done well in his treatment at Pine Hills and is described as “outgoing and fun to be around.”  Billy has gained important relationships with staff and appears open-minded to allowing adults in his life to guide him.  Billy is in mainstream classes and is mostly a B/C Student with a few A’s.  Billy wants a Guide Home family to know that he doesn’t want to be a “messed up” kid anymore.  He wants to be successful and overall he is a good kid.  Billy states, “I need to get my mind on track.  I am motivated to change my life, and I am a respectful person.”

Eddie – Age 11:

Eddie’s parents’ rights have been terminated due to a hx. of abuse, neglect, and criminal and mental health issues.  Eddie is in the 5th Grade.  Reportedly, he is smart and is a strong student academically, with particular strengths in reading and writing. He struggles with following directions and responding to adult authority.  He is in regular education classes and does not require any special education services or supports.  Eddie has made significant progress in the therapeutic group home he resides in.  He has made progress in his ability to safely communicate his needs and expressing himself to others, building trusting relationships with adults/peers and working on a successful transition into a permanent home and family.  Eddie has difficulty identifying and expressing his emotions and has distrust in adult care and control.  Eddie needs a stable and loving family to help him navigate his path in finding his sense of identity and belonging in a family and community.

Nancy – Age 10:

Nancy’s family has a multi-generational history of abuse, neglect, substance abuse and addiction.  The State is looking for a “forever” family for Nancy.   Nancy’s strengths were identified as her “openness, and interest in connecting with adults.”  Nancy tends to be distant and avoidant with her feelings and struggles showing, giving, or receiving affection from her current caregivers.  Nancy does have a bond with another sibling, and the State is hopeful Nancy might be placed in a family who would also consider bringing her sibling into the home upon program completion at a therapeutic group home.

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For more information about children waiting for homes contact:

Bill NeavesFamily Developer, Dan Fox Family Care Program
515 S. Reserve Street, Suite 5
PO Box 7616
Missoula, MT 59807
Phone: 406-541-1664
Fax: 406-543-0356