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Daines visits children's shelter

By KECI Staff
Published On: Nov 26 2013 09:40:07 PM MST
Updated On: Nov 26 2013 10:50:39 PM MST
Daines visits children's shelter
MISSOULA, Mont. -

Congressman Steve Daines says neglect and abuse of children is a big problem in Montana.

Today, he visited the Watson Children's Shelter in Missoula to get a scope of the problem and what is being done.

Directors gave him a tour of the home, where infants through 14-year-old teens live.   They are victims of abuse, neglect, abandonment and family crisis.  

The organization serves more than 100 children a year.

Daines says the government needs to asses what more is needed.

He told NBC Montana, "Montana continues to grow.  The needs become greater and greater.  We want to keep an eye on this and support the kinds of investments that really provide a great return on investment for these children now and really put them on a productive path for the rest of their lives."

Daines gave no word on any legislative action he might take.  

Children stay at the Watson Children's Shelter an average of 90 days. Some have to stay longer.