The Yellowstone County Attorney’s Office has filed court cases for the protection of 135 children since Jan. 1, according to District Court records.
Last year, the office filed civil abuse and neglect cases involving 531 Yellowstone County children — 114 more than in 2015. These numbers show that abuse and neglect of children is a huge problem in Montana’s most populous county.
In her more than 31 years at the helm of SCAN, Rachel Tobin-Smith saw the organization's staff go from two to 230, and a budget of $28,000 to more than $16.5 million.
But the longtime face of Stop Childhood Abuse and Neglect will be stepping aside, making room for new blood and new energy at the nonprofit that works hand-in-hand with state agencies in the protection of area children and families.