Family Services & Resources
There are a number of organizations in Gallatin County that specialize in helping families thrive, including:
An organization that provides families with the resources, tools, and support to raise healthy, successful children. They have a variety of programs, classes, and events that are designed to meet local community needs, including:
Parent Place Family Resource Centers: Providing education, information, support, and resources to all parents to support healthy child growth and development and help families thrive. Locations in Bozeman and Belgrade.
Partnership Project to Strengthen Families: Home visiting programs designed to nurture young families, offering parent education, life skills, assistance accessing community resources, and encouragement to grow.
Child Advancement Project (CAP): Matching nurturing community volunteers who provide support and encouragement to children grades K-12. These mentors work one-on-one with children to increase academic and social competency and to enhance opportunities for academic challenge. They help students establish meaningful goals and develop a belief in their individual uniqueness and their ability to shape their own futures.
Parent Liaison: The parent liaison program, established in 1995, encourages a strong link between home and school so parents and teachers become partners to nurture children’s success. Parent Liaisons are professionals who work as part of a school team.
Girls for a Change: A grass-roots initiative with the mission: “To empower girls to embrace their future, confident about their individuality, supported by friends, parents, and mentors and secure in their ability to lead and to achieve self-sufficiency, fulfillment and success.” Thrive plans an annual conference for 8th-12th grade girls across Montana and organizes community service projects, discussions and team building activities.
Contact: 400 East Babcock Street, Bozeman
AWARE Inc. provides quality community-based services to those with challenging mental, emotional, and in some cases, physical needs who would otherwise be served in a more restrictive setting, or perhaps would not be served at all. They work to ensure that the people they serve achieve maximum independence, productivity, and integration into the community. They provide services that help individuals and families succeed in their communities, make sound life choices – where they will live and who they will interact with – and determine what they want out of life. It seems like a simple idea, but many of the people we work with have been left out of these life choices.
Contact: 916 W. Villard St., Bozeman
Big Brothers Big Sisters is a proven prevention program for youth, providing needed support to children in our local community through professionally supported one-to-one relationships. Through Big Brothers Big Sisters, we can ensure that children in our community have positive adult role models in their lives.
15 South 8th Ave.
The Big Sky Youth Empowerment project, Inc. is designed to meet the demand for creative programs targeting high school-aged, at-risk youth. The program is based on mentoring and teamwork to present youths with the opportunity for growth through outdoor adventures such as skiing and fly fishing.
Child abuse hotline, family support, and resources for families with children involved in foster care, kinship, or adoption issues.
220 W. Lamme St., 2E, Bozeman
220 E. Park, Livingston
A resource and referral agency in Gallatin, Park and Meagher Counties that supports families and the local economy by encouraging quality child care and safety through Best Beginnings scholarships for families struggling with the high cost of child care (see below), referrals to help parents find quality care, safety programs, babysitting course and more. They also host classes for:
- Safety programs dedicated to preventing childhood injuries and death
- Child safety seat, bicycle helmets, life vests and gun lock resources
Call for information and class times.
Hours: 7:30 am-5 pm Mon.-Thurs., Fri. 7:30 am – noon
Contact: 1600 Ellis St., Unit 1A, Bozeman
(406) 587-7786 or 1-800-962-0418
A community-wide collaborative effort to promote thriving children from birth through age five. The ECCC provides leadership to community partners with the goal of creating an efficient, effective and comprehensive system of early childhood services in the Greater Gallatin area, to ensure that every child has a healthy and enriched beginning.
Download the ECCC Needs Assessment Summary.
Committed to Montana children and teens with behavioral or mental health issues, Youth Dynamics treats and supports youth who have been diagnosed with a severe emotional disturbance (SED) and, in many cases, are survivors of child abuse and trauma. Youth Dynamics is a welcoming place for families, working with all kinds, including natural, biological, foster, and adoptive. Their goal is to provide treatment for kids with mental health issues or behavioral challenges and to offer support and resources.
Contact: 1609 W Babcock St., Bozeman
Children with Special Needs
Eagle Mount Bozeman is committed to providing quality therapeutic recreational opportunities for people with disabilities and young people with cancer. They also provide support for families of participants.
Contact: 6901 Goldenstein Lane, Bozeman
A private non-profit agency providing home-based education and support services to individuals throughout Southwestern Montana who have disabilities or developmental delays. The focus of the program is to teach families and friends how to teach skills to children and adults with special needs. In addition, the families and friends often request education regarding the disability and information about resources and services available. Family Outreach staff works hard to ensure that children and adults in the Family Outreach program have the same opportunities that all Montanans have in education, in the community, in friendships, and in life.
Contact: 1315 East Main, Bozeman, MT 59715