A mom and dad from Glasgow, Montana, have accused the state’s Child Protective Services (CPS) of ‘kidnapping’ their 14-year-old daughter after they refused to let her transition into a boy.

“The state of Montana has kidnapped a teenage girl from her parents to transition her gender in another state, subverting Montana’s laws against gender transition for minors,” writer and independent journalist Karlyn Borysenko wrote.

“A friend of the family reached out to @GabsClark5 and @AffirmReal for help because a Montana Judge ordered this video removed from the internet.”

Krista and Todd Kolstad provided this video statement:

“Krista and Todd originally had a YouTube video detailing the series of events that resulted in the kidnapping of their child. They were threatened by the judge with contempt of court and prison time if they didn’t remove it. (?!?!?!) Then someone (not the Kolstads) uploaded it to Rumble. You may find it there, but due to threats they cannot personally share it at this time, and have no control over its dissemination online, as they are not the ones who posted it on Rumble. Please pray for them,” a GiveSendGo created for the family read.

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From GiveSendGo:

I am setting up this GiveSendGo campaign for my brother and sister-in-law, who have fallen victim to the forced trans ideology, government and medical tyranny that resulted in the medical kidnapping of their 14-year-old child in Montana, facilitated by Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, MT, along with Montana CPS. They have been threatened, intimidated, mocked, had their characters attacked, and custody is being stripped from them because they did not consent to transitioning a 14-year-old child in mental crisis. They need our help to meet the mounting expenses and legal fees as they fight to get their daughter back in a system that has become corrupt and weaponized against families. Will you please help us and stand with them? If this can happen in Montana of all places, none of us are safe, and neither are our children. Help us bring Holly home.

Borysenko noted on her substack that living in a red state will not save you from these tyrants.

From Actively Unwoke:

The state of Montana has kidnapped a teenage girl from her parents to transition her gender in another state, subverting both the parent’s wishes and Montana’s laws against gender transition for minors.

A friend of the family reached out to Gabrielle Clark of Affirming Reality Connected for help after a judge ordered this video removed from the internet.

Please take the time to watch the video that the judge does not want you to see. Their story is horrific, and it can happen to anyone.

People believe this cannot happen in red states.

It can. Parent rights are under attack nationwide.

The family has set up a Give Send Go to support their fight with the state to get their child back. If you can support them, please consider doing so.

Reduxx also spoke with the Kolstads and said the “child had been removed from their care and was now going to be sent to Canada.”

Reduxx reports:

Krista, the child’s step-mother, explains that their nightmare began in August of 2023 after they received a call that their 14-year-old daughter, Jennifer*, had expressed suicidal ideations while at school.

“She had always had problems at school,” Krista says, noting that she and Todd had even pulled her from one district and sent her to another due to issues with bullying in an effort to give her a fresh start. But despite experiencing some real-world hardships, Krista claims Jennifer also had some undiagnosed mental health concerns, including attention-seeking behavior.

Later on that same evening, a case worker with Montana Child and Family Services (CFS) showed up to the Kolstad home to speak with Jennifer and do an inspection. Krista had been preparing dinner at the time, and invited the case worker to tour the residence despite both her and her husband being distressed by the sudden appearance.

During the interview with CFS, Jennifer claimed to have consumed toilet bowl cleaner and painkiller medications that day in an effort to commit suicide. Krista says that it had immediately struck her as being highly unlikely, as not only did Jennifer not have access to either substance unmonitored, but that Jennifer had expressed no symptoms of imminent illness that day.

Despite their doubts about the veracity of Jennifer’s claims, Krista and Todd agreed to take Jennifer to the local hospital on an emergency basis. While there, blood work returned that Jennifer had not consumed any toxic substances.

Krista and Todd provided Reduxx with copies of Jennifer’s medical paperwork to substantiate their claim that Jennifer had not consumed any dangerous substances the day she was admitted to hospital. The paperwork confirms that there were no abnormalities detected in Jennifer’s system, and that her overall physical health was good.

But notes taken at the hospital consistently mention that Jennifer identifies as a “male” and wishes to be called “Leo.”

“Our daughter began demanding that she be called Leo, he and him. We explained that this is in her history but not something we would agree to as her parents. The hospital staff ignored our request,” Todd explained.

“It wasn’t new, but she hadn’t brought it up in a year. She never came to us and said, ‘You need to call me this, you need to call me that.’ That was never an issue,” Krista added.

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Her parents said she was too young to make such decisions and sent her to counseling to determine why she felt that way, according to the Daily Mail.

Daily Mail reports:

Mr and Mrs Kolstad, who are Christian, let the hospital staff know of their objections, and asked that Jennifer be called by her birth name.

‘The hospital continued to call our daughter Leo, even though she’s a minor and after I stated it’s against our wishes, our religion and our core family values.

‘The hospital told me to call their lawyer if I have an issue as they will do what the patient tells them,’ Mrs Kolstad said.

While medical transitioning of minors is banned in Montana, Mrs Kolstad said the hospital told her that ‘social transition’ was a ‘gray area of the law.’

Jennifer was placed under 24 hour supervision due to her threats of suicide, but Mrs Kolstad said an aide was placed outside her door who would regularly speak to Jennifer about having top surgery and how she was non binary.

Along with CPS, Mr and Mrs Kolstad agreed that Jennifer would benefit from specialized in-patient treatment and counseling at a mental health hospital.

There were six facilities in Montana, as well as one in Wyoming. Mr and Mrs Kolstad raised concerns about Wyoming, as the state allows minors to have gender-affirming care such as hormone blockers and surgical procedures.

They were worried this may happen without their consent.

But just hours later, Mr and Mrs Kolstad were informed there was a bed available in Wyoming Behavioral Institute and that Jennifer must go immediately.

They stated they reiterated their concerns and said they had questions that needed answering before they agreed.

Ten minutes later, CPS showed up at the Kolstad’s house with police and papers removing their daughter from their care, accusing them of refusing treatment.

Daily Mail reports that their daughter was given men’s hygiene products while in Wyoming.

She reportedly spent a month at the Wyoming facility and was moved to a Youth Dynamics group home in Montana.

“Here, Jennifer has been allowed to wear a chest binder along with only men’s clothes, shave her head and attend all-boys groups,” Daily Mail writes.

The Kolstads were assigned a public defender, but they said their rights are being “completely stripped away.”

Montana’s Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte said state officials “followed state policy and law in their handling of this tragic case.”

“To give them their best shot at reaching their full potential, children deserve to grow up in happy, healthy homes with loving families. Sadly, this ideal is not always realized,” Gianforte said.

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“Unfortunately, our society finds children whose life, health, and wellbeing are at serious risk from abuse and neglect, and only as a last resort, should they be removed from their home,” he added.

“Upon hearing recent allegations related to a child welfare case, I asked Lieutenant Governor Kristen Juras – an experienced attorney, constitutional conservative, mother, and grandmother – to review it,” he continued.

“Consulting with the director of DPHHS and personally examining case documents, Lieutenant Governor Juras has concluded that DPHHS and the court have followed state policy and law in their handling of this tragic case.”

“I have asked the lieutenant governor to continue monitoring the case as it progresses. Further, Senate Bill 99, which I signed into law in April 2023, prohibits medical and surgical treatments to treat minors with gender dysphoria and also prohibits the use of taxpayer resources for such treatments,” he continued.

“Our administration will continue to advance policies that strengthen our families and protect Montana kids,……like what we have done to promote adoption and to ban permanent, invasive, life-altering medical procedures on children, like puberty blockers, hormonal treatments, and sex-reassignment surgeries,” he concluded.

From The National Desk:

Republican Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte told The National Desk (TND) Monday state officials acted within their legal limitations by removing a child from parents who objected to their transitioning gender identity.

Montana Child and Family Services (CFS) officials took custody of the 14-year-old from parents Krista and Todd Kolstad this month, according to Reduxx. The teenager is reportedly a biological female and recently began to express suicidal thoughts.

While being treated at a hospital in August, doctors began using the child’s preferred name and pronouns, which do not correspond with the child’s biological sex, according to Reduxx. The parents reportedly opposed and noted allowing their child to undergo any form of gender transition, socially or medically, was a violation of their “values, morals, and … religious beliefs.”

Doctors reportedly later moved the 14-year-old to a specialized residential treatment facility in Wyoming despite the parents preferring a facility in Billings, Montana. Krista and Todd claim they were given no information as to their child’s well-being or treatment during that time, according to Reduxx.

In September, the 14-year-old was returned to Montana and placed in a group home, according to Reduxx. After four months, Krista and Todd were reportedly notified that custody was being granted to CFS and the agency would be allowing the child’s birth mother in Canada to ultimately assume care.

Gianforte received widespread criticism:

The Montana Libertarian Party writes:

Governor Greg Gianforte is responsible for this atrocity and blatant violation of parental rights.

Last year, Gianforte vetoed House Bill 37, crucial CPS reform legislation that would’ve required a warrant to remove a child from a home unless the child is likely to experience physical abuse in the time that would be necessary to obtain a warrant.

There were 1,390 total removals during 2022. If the bill were law, 86% (or 1195) of them would have required a warrant. Only a tiny percent of cases would require immediate removal without a warrant.

House Bill 37 would be law today if it weren’t for the Governor, who claims to be for “limited government.”

From Montana Free Press:

Gov. Greg Gianforte on Thursday vetoed some of the most significant reforms to child welfare and state mental health systems passed by the Legislature this year. The three bills, sponsored by Republicans and Democrats, surged through both chambers with broad bipartisan support.

The vetoed bills are House Bill 37, which required Child Protective Services to obtain a judicial warrant before removing children except in emergency situations; House Bill 29, a bill to expedite the transfer of patients with dementia, Alzheimer’s and traumatic brain injuries from the Montana State Hospital in Warm Springs to more appropriate clinical settings; and Senate Bill 4, a proposal to increase oversight of abuse and neglect reports at the state hospital.

All three policies were developed through roughly two years of research and deliberation by the bipartisan Children, Families, Health and Human Services interim committee. SB 4, sponsored by Sen. Jen Gross, D-Billings, did not receive a single dissenting vote throughout the entire session. Both HB 29 and HB 37, sponsored by Rep. Jennifer Carlson, R-Manhattan, received a handful of no votes from Democrats but ultimately passed both chambers with near-unanimous support.

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