Children's Justice Project

  • Eydie Trautwein, J.D.

  • Wyoming Supreme Court
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  • Cheyenne, WY
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CJP Training Series: A 1-hour Monthly Wyoming Juvenile Court System training.

Children's Justice Project - The Golden Award

In 2008, the Wyoming Supreme Court Children's Justice Project established the Excellence Award to recognize an individual involved in the child welfare system who has made significant contributions to the system and is dedicated to improving the lives of children and families. The award is presented each year at the Children's Justice Conference. Nominations for the award are solicited statewide. The Award Selection Committee is comprised of past award recipients. In 2014, the Excellence Award was renamed after Justice Michael Golden (the 2014 Excellence Award recipient) and is now referred to as the Justice Michael Golden Award or the "Golden Award".

Past Awardees:
  • 2014 Justice Michael Golden
  • 2012 Brenden McKinney
  • 2011 Jean Day
  • 2010 Rick Robb
  • 2009 Stacey Obrecht
  • 2008 Dan Wilde
Guardians AdLitem Skills-­Based Handbook
A Handbook For Children
Bear Goes to Court

Guidelines for Parent Attorneys
Handbook for Parents

How A Child Enters the System
Justice for Children

Legal Resource Manual
MDT Handbook
Your Rights

Neglect Hearing Checklists

The following Neglect Hearing Checklists are intended to assist judges, county attorneys, guardians ad litem, parents' attorneys and caseworkers comply with the letter and spirit of the Federal Adoption and Safe Families Act. A long and short version of each checklist can be downloaded by clicking on the icon below. In order to provide resources that are useful to judges, attorneys and caseworkers, please provide us your comments on how we can improve the checklists. We will continually assess the need to revise the checklists based on comments received and any changes made to federal or state law.

Schedule

There will not be a BlogTalk Radio Presentation in September (due to the Bar Convention).
Date: April 10, 2014 - 12 p.m. (noon)

Topic: Guardianships - Wyoming Law and Nuts and Bolts Presenters: Shawnna Herron, J.D. with the Wyoming Attorney General's Office will deliver a presentation titled, "Guardianships: Wyoming Law and Nuts and Bolts". The program will address the option of guardianship for children in custody of the Wyoming Department of Family Services. The audience will learn about the Wyoming law and nuts and bolts of guardianship as a possible pathway to permanency. They will learn about the situations that are appropriate for guardianship, avoiding the pitfalls of guardianship, who can petition for guardianship, where to file for guardianship, who consents to guardianship, the differences of the various types of guardianship (e.g. temporary and permanent), subsidized guardianship, and the dissolution of guardianship.

Date: March 13, 2014 - 12 p.m. (noon)
Presenters: Dan Wilde, J.D., Director of the Wyoming Guardians ad Litem Program will provide an overview of the current Wyoming GAL Policy on Children in Court (Policy G). Linda Britton, J.D., Center for Children and the Law, American Bar Association, will provide information about ways to meaningfully involve children in their court hear-ings and why it is important. The presentation will include (1) an overview of the data demonstrating positive out-comes for children who participate in court (2) an overview of legal and judicial resources developed to encourage meaningful and appropriate ways to involve youth in court hearings and case planning; and (3) a segment on "top concerns" and suggested solutions to actual or perceived barriers around children and youth participating in court hearings. Steven Dreher, Wyoming Supreme Court Chief Information and Technology Officer, will provide a brief update about district court video-conferencing capabilities.
For additional information, please go to the ABA Bar-Youth Empowerment Page for Legal and Judicial Resources
Legal and Judicial Resources
Wyoming Children in Court Policy
Establishing Policies for Youth in Court
Date: February 13, 2014 - 12 p.m. (noon)
Topic: Permanency Hearings - This presentation will provide a review of the Wyoming statutes related to perma-nency hearings and discuss important aspects of the permanency hearing, including evidentiary considerations. Presenters: Monique McBride Meese, J.D., Senior Assistant District Attorney for Laramie County and Deborah Ro-den, J.D., Laramie County Guardian ad Litem with Woodhouse Roden Nethercott, LLCPermanency Hearings
Permanency Hearings in Abuse and Neglect Proceedings
Date: January 9, 2014 - 12 p.m. (noon)
Topic: Permanency Roundtables 101: A representative from Casey Family Programs will provide an overview of Permanency Roundtables (PRTs). What is a PRT? What can I expect from the PRT process? What is my role in a PRT (as a prosecutor, GAL, parent's attorney, caseworker, family member or service provider? Where are PRTs being held in Wyoming?
For additional information, please go to Permanency Roundtables
Presenters: Casey Family Programs
Permanency Roundtable 101 Powerpoint
*This BlogTalk has NOT been approved for CLE.

Date: December 12, 2013 - 12 p.m. (noon)
Topic: Working with Incarcerated Parents
Presenters: Margaret Burt, J.D., Child Welfare Attorney and Consultant
Incarcerated Parent Checklist
Working with Incarcerated Parents

Date: November 21, 2013 - 12 p.m. (noon)
Topic: 2013 Child Welfare Law Update: A review of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on ICWA, Wyoming Supreme Court decisions and 2013 statutes that affect Wyoming children and their families.
Presenters: Jill Kucera, Esq., Senior Assistant Attorney General
Handout - 2013 Law Update

Date: October 10, 2013 12 p.m. (noon)
Topic: Kinship Placements: Overview of Social Work and Legal Issues
Presenters: Heidi Redlich Epstein, JD, MSW, Director of Kinship Policy ABA Center on Children and the Law and Stephanie Boyd Serafin, ACSW, Associate Director, National Resource Center on Permanency and Family Connections

Kinship Placements Legal Issues (Powerpoint Presentation)
Kinship Placements Legal Issues (PDF Handout)
Best Practices to Enhance Kinship Care
Resources Kinship
Reference Page for Kinship
Gateway Articles
Flyer 2013

Date: June 13, 2013 12 p.m. (noon)
Topic: CASA: I am for the Child
Presenters: Chandra Wyman, Executive Director, CASA of Natrona County; Cynthia Sweet, Wyoming Guardian ad Litem, Casper
CASA Discussion Topics, June 13, 2013
Summary and Learning Objectives
Wyoming Court Rules, Wyoming Rules if Procedure for Juvenile Courts, Rule 8: CASA Provisions
Program Survey (http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6WPNWZC)

The Wyoming State Bar has approved this presentation for 1 CLE credit.

Date: April 11, 2013 12 p.m. (noon)
Topic: Trends in Youth Residential Treatment 1999 - 2012; This is a repeat of the March 14, 2013 presentation which was unavailable because of technical problems. CJP apologizes for the inconvenience for those who tried to listen in March.
Presenters: Steve Corsi, Psy. D., Director, Wyoming Department of Family Services; Dr. Marty Nelson, DFS Clinical Services Administrator
Trends in Youth Residential Treatment 1999-2012

Date: March 14, 2013 12 p.m. (noon)
Topic: Trends in Youth Residential Treatment 1999 - 2012
Presenters: Steve Corsi, Psy. D., Director, Wyoming Department of Family Services
Trends in Youth Residential Treatment 1999-2012

Date: February 14, 2013 12 p.m. (noon)
Topic: Overview of the new Practice Guidelines for Attorneys Representing Parents in Abuse, Neglect, and Termination of Parental Rights Cases
Presenters: Cindi Wood, JD and John Chambers, JD - Casper attorneys with experience representing parents who served on the CJP Committee that drafted the Guidelines.
Practice Guidelines for Attorneys Representing Parents in Abuse, Neglect, and Termination of Parental Rights Cases
Practice Guidelines for Attorneys Representing Parents in Abuse, Neglect and Termination of Parental Rights Cases (PDF handout)
Practice Guidelines for Attorneys Representing Parents in Abuse, Neglect and Termination of Parental Rights Cases (PowerPoint Presentation)

Date: January 10, 2013 12 p.m. (noon)
Topic: Representing Parents in Child Welfare Cases - Part 1
Presenters: Dona Payton Dona Playton, Faculty Supervisor of the Domestic Violence Legal Assistance Clinic, Assistant Faculty Supervisor of the Legal Services Programs, and Assistant Lecturer at the University Of Wyoming College Of Law
Raising the Standard of Practice for Representing Parents (PDF handout)
Raising the Standard of Practice for Representing Parents (PowerPoint Presentation)

Date: December 13, 2012 12 p.m. (noon)
Topic: Immigration Issues in Juvenile Court
Presenters: Elisabeth Trefonas, Esq., Attorney, Jackson, Wyoming
Immigration Issues in Juvenile Court (PDF handout)
Immigration Issues in Juvenile Court (PowerPoint Presentation)

Date: November 8, 2012 12 p.m. (noon)
Topic: Repeat of 2012 Child Welfare Supreme Court Decisions and Laws
Presenters: Jill E. Kucera and Susan Stipe, Senior Assistant Attorneys General
Statutory Changes and Case Law (PDF)

Date: October 11, 2012
Topic: 2012 Child Welfare Supreme Court Decisions and Laws
Presenters: Jill E. Kucera, Senior Assistant Attorney General

Date: September 13, 2012
Topic: “What do I Really Have to Know About ICWA?”
Presenters: Margaret Burt, JD, ABA Center on Children and the Law

Date: May 10, 2012
Topic: Adoption Option (Repeat)
Presenters: Maureen Clifton, DFS and Christina McCabe, Attorney General's Office

Date: April 12, 2012
Topic: Expungements and Fair Hearings
Presenters: Jill Kucera, Senior Assistant Attorney General and Eydie Trautwein, DFS Protective Services Administrator

Date: March 8, 2012
Topic: Adoption Option
Presenters: Maureen Clifton, DFS and Christina McCabe, Attorney General's Office

Date: February 9, 2012
Topic: Multi-disciplinary Teams
Speakers: Stacey Obrecht, Director, Wyoming Guardian ad Litem Program; Debra Dugan-Doty, DFS Juvenile Services Administrator and Eydie Trautwein, DFS Protective Services Administrator

Date: January 12, 2012
Topic: Representing Fathers in Child Welfare Cases
Speakers: Richard Cozzola, Esq. Director, Child & Family Practice Group, Legal Assistance Foundation, Chicago, IL and Kevin Brown, Father
Representing Fathers in Child Walfare Cases (PDF)
Program Survey (http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YFHP9Y8)

Date: December 8, 2011
Topic: Concurrent Planning: Social Work Perspectives
Speakers: Maureen Clifton, DFS; Janyce Fenton, MSW and Dana Ward, DFS
Concurrent Planning Objectives (PDF)
Concurrent Planning: Social Work Perspectives (PDF)
Program Survey (http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/H3PJQD5)

Date: October 31, 2011
Topic: Spotting and Evaluating Issues on Appeal
Speaker: Professor Vivek Sankaran, Child Advocacy Law Clinic, Michigan Law School
Appellate Training (PDF)
Appellate Training (Power Point)
Program Survey (http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GDG2VDF)

Date: October 13, 2011
Topic: Concurrent Planning: Legal Perspectives
Speaker: Margaret Burt, JD
Concurrent Planning for Foster Children and Families
Program Survey (http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NPN5JQG)

Date: September 8, 2011
Topic: Life After In re JW: Implications for Policy and Practice
Presenters: Leah C. Schwartz, UW Law School Student and author of Case Note on In Re JW, UW Law Review and Eydie Trautwein, JD, DFS Protective Services Administrator
Learning Objectives
Relative Kinship Placement
Preserving Connections
Diligent Search Absent Parent
Diligent Search Relative
Life After In re JW: Implications for Policy and Practice
Law Library Letter - In re JW Summary
Program Survey (http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/77YWBRY)


Date: April 14, 2011
Topic: Parent Attorney's Role in Child Welfare Proceedings
Presenter: Mimi Laver, JD, Director, Legal Education, ABA Center on Children and the Law
Parents' Attorneys' Role in Child Welfare Proceedings
Parent Attorney Project page
Program Survey (http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6LVLSNR)

Date: March 10, 2011
Topic: Educational Provisions in Fostering Connections: A Tool to Achieve Education Stability and Success
Presenter: Kathleen McNaught, JD, Assistant Director, ABA Center on Children and the Law
A Tool to Achieve Education Stability and Success
Program Survey (http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XDVY2P9)

Date: February 10, 2011
Topic: Children in the Court
Presenter: Honorable Norman Young, Wyoming District Judge and Kristin Kelly, JD, ABA Center on Children and the Law
Survey Link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SKBYV2T
Seen and Heard: Involving Children in Dependency Court
Seen and Heard: Involving Children in Dependency Court (PowerPoint presentation)
Ex Parte Communications between Children and Judges in Dependency Proceedings


Date: December 9, 2010
Topic: Permanency Hearings: How Can Busy Courts Hold Quality Hearings?
Presenter: Margaret Burt, JD, ABA Center on Children and the Law
How Can Busy Courts Hold Quality Hearings as a PDF

Date: November 18, 2010
Topic: Engaging Fathers
Presenters: Natasha Grossmen, M.S.W., University of Washington, School of Social Work; Carol Harper, B.S.W., M.P.A. University of Washington, School of Social Work; and Jonah Idczak, B.A. in Social Work, Social Worker, Children's Services, Washington
Fathers Engagement Project as a Power Point document
Fathers Engagement Project as a PDF

Date: October 14, 2010
Topic: Fostering Connections Act
Presenter: Jill Kucera, Senior Assistant Attorney General
Fostering Connections to Success as a Power Point document
Fostering Connections to Success as a PDF

Date: September 9, 2010
Topic: The What and When of Reasonable Efforts
Presenter: Margaret Burt, JD, ABA Center on Children and the Law
Reasonable Efforts in Child Welfare Placement Cases as a Power Point document
Reasonable Efforts in Child Welfare Placement Cases as a PDF

Date: August 26, 2010
Topic: IV-E Program
Presenter: Jill Kucera, Senior Assistant Attorney General
Training Participants: Judges, Prosecutors & DFS caseworkers
IV-E Program Handout as a Power Point document
IV-E Program Handout as a PDF

Date: May 13, 2010
Topic: How Medicaid and Juvenile Court Overlap & Update on PRTF/RTC Designation
Presenter: Eydie Trautwein, JD, Department of Health and Sara Walk, Department of Health.
Wyoming Medicaid Eligibility Overview
EqualityCare Wyoming Medicaid
Healthy Together! Referral Form
Update of PRTF/RTC Designation
Children's Mental Health Waiver
Wyoming Statute 21-13-315

Date: April 8, 2010
Topic: Constitutional Rights of Parents
Presenter: Martin Guggenheim. Mr. Guggenheim is a Professor of Clinical Law at New York University School of Law. He argued the cause for the petitioners in the U.S. Supreme Court case, Santosky v. Kramer.
Handout - Parental Rights Doctrine

Date: March 11, 2010
Topic: Supervised Visitation
Presenters: Rob Straus, DMH, JD. A psychologist and lawyer, Mr. Straus is the founder, past president and current Board member of the Supervised Visitation Network and founder of "Meeting Place" for supervised visitation in Cambridge, MA. Kathy Garrison. Ms. Garrison is the Director of the Wyoming Sweetwater Family Resource Center.
Presentation
Outline
Program Flier
Provider List

Date: February 11, 2010
Topic: Overview of Federal/State Laws on Child Welfare/Permanency, Part 2
Presenter: Stacey Obrecht, GAL Program Director
State Laws Handout

Date: February 4, 2010 (rescheduled from Jan. 14)
Topic: Overview of Federal/State Laws on Child Welfare/Permanency, Part 1
Presenter: Stacey Obrecht, GAL Program Director
Timeline Handout Federal Laws Handout

Scholarships

The Wyoming Children's Justice Project (CJP) announces the availability of scholarships for district court judges and/or attorneys who prosecute or accept court appointments to represent children or parents in child abuse and neglect (non-criminal), child in need of supervision, and termination of parental rights cases. These scholarships are intended to encourage judges and attorneys to attend national conferences that focus upon child welfare, juvenile, and family law. The scholarships may cover registration fees and reimbursement of airfare, lodging, meals and other travel expenses. Attorneys approved for scholarships must contribute at least 25% of the conference expenses, and agree to share the information learned with other attorneys and/or others working or volunteering in the juvenile court system.

Schedule

Minutes

Name / Title Capacity City Term Expiration
Hon. William U. Hill, Chair
Justice
Wyoming Supreme Court Cheyenne 06/30/2015
Sheryl Bunting
Deputy County and Prosecuting Attorney, Sheridan County
Prosecutor Sheridan 06/30/2017
Steve Corsi
Director, Wyoming Department of Family Services
Wyoming Department of Family Services Cheyenne 06/30/2017
Hon. Steven Cranfill
District Court Judge, 5th Judicial District
District Court Judge Cody 06/30/2017
Hon. Floyd Esquibel
Senator, Wyoming State Senate
Wyoming State Senate Cheyenne 06/30/2016
Hon. John G. Fenn
District Court Judge, 4th Judicial District
District Court Judge Sheridan 06/30/2016
Michelle Heinen
UPLIFT, Parent Advocate
Parent Advocate Cheyenne 06/30/2015
Hon. Nena R. James
District Court Judge, 3rd Judicial District
District Court Judge Green River 06/30/2016
Jill Kucera
Senior Assistant Attorney General
Attorney General or designee Cheyenne 06/30/2016
Kristie Langley
Senior Policy / Legal Analyst
Department of Family Services Cheyenne 06/30/2017
Dona Playton
University of Wyoming, College of Law
Parent Attorney Cheyenne 06/30/2017
Miguel Reyes
Wyoming Advocates for Youth
Child Advocate Cheyenne 06/30/2017
Ryan Roden
Deputy State Public Defender
Wyoming State Public Defender or designee Cheyenne 06/30/2015
Terri V. Smith
Attorney
Tribal Representative (enrolled member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe) Lander 06/30/2015
Bill Stanton
Casey Family Services
Foster Care Service Provider or designee Kernville 06/30/2017
Laura D. Steele
Uinta County Clerk of District Court
Clerk of District Court or designee Evanston 06/30/2015
Hon. Mary Throne
Representative, Wyoming State House of Representatives
Wyoming State House of Representatives Cheyenne 06/30/2016
Carol Tullio
CASA of Laramie County
Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Cheyenne 06/30/2015
Stephen Weichman
Teton County & Prosecuting Attorney
WY County Prosecuting Attorneys' Association Jackson 06/30/2015
Dan Wilde
Director, GAL Program
Guardians ad Litem Cheyenne 06/30/2016
Hon. Norman E. Young
District Court Judge, 9th Judicial District
District Court Judge Lander 06/30/2017
Joann Odendahl
State Court Administrator
Supreme Court Administrator Cheyenne 06/30/2016

Overview and History

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded the Wyoming Supreme Court a court grant in July 1999. The purpose of the grant is to assess and improve the juvenile court system's process involving Wyoming’s most vulnerable population—abused and neglected children. In October 1999, the Supreme Court appointed an advisory council consisting of judges, attorneys, a representative from the Department of Family Services, a foster care alumna, and other professionals involved in the child protection system.