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  Frequently Asked Questions
How long will I have to wait to get into the home?
We have a team that makes decisions about who moves into the home. You should expect 2-3 weeks from the time you apply to when we have a decision about moving in. Move in days are usually Mondays. It is important that this program works for you and your children so we take this process very seriously and make sure we have all the information we need to make decisions that offer you the best chance for success.

We sometimes have a waiting list. When this happens, we choose the order on the list based on the following: 1st – Yellowstone County Family Drug Treatment Court participants: 2nd- Yellowstone County Child Protective Services clients: 3rd – Region 3 (our immediate region) Child Protective Services clients: and 4th – Child Protective Services clients from other towns in Montana. Everyone else is placed on the list in order of the date we got the referral or date of discharge from treatment or correction in-patient programs.
How long am I expected to stay in the program?
This depends on which house you live in and how well you are doing in your individual treatment plan. On average, people stay in the main house 6-9 months and in supportive 6-9 months, but his is ONLY an estimate. If you graduate from the program, you are eligible for life time services and are welcome to continue attending social events and house meetings and requesting assistance (financial or support) for as long as you would like/need.
Can I have a job while I live at CFCF?
We can't stop you from having a job, but we prefer you don't have a job for the first phase of house programming (about the first 60-90 days). Getting used to the house, getting your children, and participating in treatment will take most of your time. After the first 60-90 days, you are encouraged to work as long as it does not get in the way of your parenting or your treatment. You cannot be turned down for placement/services at CFCF if you can't pay, but there are program fees you need to pay once you have income. We will work with you to get a job or an education that works for your schedule/needs. We will also work with other providers (like probation) that might want you to have a job right away to come up with the best plan for you to be successful in your recovery.
Will I have to break up with my boy/girlfriend or husband/wife while I live at CFCF?
We do not currently allow couples to live together in the homes. You are discouraged from having or starting sexual, intimate or romantic relationships during your time with us. Any relationship you have affects your children, so we are very careful about your friends/partners. Any partner you have will be required to sign releases, submit to drug testing and follow a treatment plan. We hope you will think about taking this time to focus on your recovery, and your children.
What happens if I have a criminal history or currently have an open criminal case?
If you have been convicted of any violent felony crime, you will not be accepted into CFCF. All other cases have to be looked at individually to see if your criminal issues will get in the way of treatment or parenting your children. Am I on "lock down" in the home?

CFCF is a voluntary program. We have 24-hour staff and curfews. You are expected to create a schedule/agenda with staff and to stick to that schedule, but we are not a “lock down” facility. If you leave without permission, you will not be allowed to take your children with you if staff believes they are in danger in your care.
How fast will my children be placed with me if I live in the Main House?
This is decided on an individual basis and is based on the needs of your children. It is our goal that your children are in your full-time care within ninety (90) days of your moving into the house.
Who else will live in the home?
Participants at CFCF come from all over. We have families who have been referred to us by the Court, Child Protective Services, treatment, community agencies, jail, prison, probation and from friends/family. We have families from all over Montana. What everyone has in common is a goal of being a clean and sober parent.
What programs do I have to participate in while in the home?
If you have a treatment plan, discharge plan, or probation requirements when you come to the home, you will be expected to comply with those. You are expected to follow house rules, comply with random drug testing, safely parent your children and attend whatever meetings/groups are recommended for you along the way. CFCF also has some family programs you will be required to attend (Seeking Safety, Celebrating Families, and life-skills). The Team will work with you to find out what your goals are for employment, education, and building life skills and will work with you to reach those goals. Treatment plans are updated about every 3 months while you are in the homes.

CFCF also requires you to complete some evaluations and assessments (at no cost to you). These help the Team learn how to work with you best and to help you figure out your goals and needs. Your children will also complete evaluations which will be explained to you and that help you and anyone working with your kids to meet their needs.