Youth Maternity Home Reopens

Florence Crittenton is delighted to announce that our Youth Maternity Home will be reopening in the October of 2023.  Due to staffing shortages related to Covid and the ensuing nationwide employee shortage, we made the difficult decision to temporarily close this program in November 2021.  Now, thankfully we are able to re-open and welcome women ages 12-21 and their children back to our facility to our foundational program and one that has always been so near and dear to our hearts.

This program serves young women who have often experienced significant trauma, homelessness, are system involved either in the foster care system or juvenile justice, coping with mental health and substance use disorders, and who are pregnant and or parenting.

Our experienced and compassionate team includes a Medical and Clinical Directors, highly experienced masters level therapists, addiction counsellors, case managers, and life skills coaches all who are passionate about supporting young mothers and their children.

We believe that the birth of a baby offers a unique opportunity for change and growth. Our program, the only in the Pacific Northwest of its kind, is tailored to meet the specific needs of young women as they embark on the journey of motherhood.

Florence’s Crittenton’s treatment model is a relationship-based cognitive/behavioural approach. Our program emphasizes the importance of building connections and fostering a sense of community with other young mothers and building lasting friendships. We provide a secure and welcoming atmosphere where mothers can find solace and 24-hour support from our caring staff.

Our Youth Maternity Home is dually licensed by the State of Montana and offers:

Safe and Therapeutic Environment: Our home provides a secure and welcoming atmosphere where mothers can find solace and support. 24-hour support is available from our caring staff.

Mental Health & Substance Use Support: our experienced team of professionals specializes in assisting young mothers who face mental health struggles or substance use challenges. We offer individual, group and family therapy and access to specialized treatment programs as necessary.

Academics & Parenting Education: We believe in equipping young mothers with the knowledge and skills necessary for effective parenting and successful living when they discharge from our program.  Each mother is required to enrol in an educational program through our local school district or online. Our program includes parenting education through classes as well as 24-hour support and modelling, helping mothers gain confidence and develop strong bonds with their child.

Life Skills Training: We believe in empowering young mothers to become self-sufficient and independent. Our life skills training covers essential areas such as budgeting, career development, nutrition and personal wellness, fostering their long-term success.

Spiritual Health: Our spiritual program aims to provide a supportive and inclusive environment where individuals can explore and cultivate their personal spirituality. By embracing spirituality as a complementary aspect of their overall well-being, we strive to empower young moms with a sense of hope, inner strength, and resilience on their journey towards a brighter future.

Healthy Lifestyle: Taking advantage of Montana’s beautiful natural surroundings, we provide ample opportunities for fresh air and outdoor activities, allowing our residents to connect with nature. We strongly believe in the therapeutic power of a healthy diet, exercise, recreation and fun, as it aids in stress relief, bonding, and personal growth. Our program emphasizes the importance of a nutritious diet, offering balanced meals that are rich in essential nutrients for both the mothers and their babies.

Child Enrichment Center: We provide and exceptional infant childcare program and preschool that prepares the children in our program for a successful educational journey. Our dedicated teachers create engaging activities and a play-based curriculum to ensure each child receives a solid foundation for their future.

Florence Crittenton’s Executive Director Carrie Krepps said, “We are beyond thrilled to be opening this critical and foundational program at Florence Crittenton. This is who we are at our deepest and most historical core. To serve these young women and their children is our greatest honour, as we are serving two generations of youth within this program. We could not have done this without our core team of staff on all sides of this program. Our clinical, administrative, and development staff never gave up on the idea we would re-open this program and remained steadfast through many trials and tribulations to get to this celebratory point. I could not be prouder of our team and to be part of this organization than I am today as we take another step in our journey of recovery from what has been some of our nation and the world’s darkest times. We are so grateful to the Helena and statewide community for never giving up on us or our clients and continue to support this incredible work, we could not do it without you!”