Children's Justice Project
Eydie Trautwein, J.D.
- Wyoming Supreme Court
- 2301 Capitol Avenue
- Cheyenne, WY
- Voice: 307.777.7629
- FAX: 307.777.3447
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".
- 2014 Justice Michael Golden
- 2012 Brenden McKinney
- 2011 Jean Day
- 2010 Rick Robb
- 2009 Stacey Obrecht
- 2008 Dan Wilde
June 24th-26th, 2015 Click here to learn more.
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.
Shelter Care / Initial Hearing
Topic: View from a Parent's Attorney
Presenter: Tim Cotton, Esq., a parent's attorney from Casper, Wyoming, will present an overview of his advocacy on behalf of parents when appointed to represent them in child abuse/neglect and termination of parental rights cases in Wyoming. He will talk about what a parent attorney does from the time of appointment through the various stages of the case to its conclusion. The outcomes range from the child's reunification with his/her parents to termination of parental rights. He will address his various approaches, alternating between an adversarial role to team building role depending on the stage of the case: Shelter Care hearing, Review hearings, Permanency hearings and the Termination of Parental Rights hearing. The audience will learn about 1) the ethical and legal responsibilities of the attorney representing the parents in these cases; 2) what to expect at the various stages; 3) the reasons for the various strategies; and 4) approaches and how they impact the course of the case and strive to achieve the best outcomes for the family.
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Topic: Wyoming's CFSR Reviews and CQI Activities (2015-2016)
Presenters: Elizabeth Forslund and Clint Hanes from the Wyoming Department of Family Services (DFS) will provide an overview of Wyoming's Child and Family Service Reviews (CFSRs) and CQI activities planned in 2015 through 2016. The presentation will include an overview of federal requirements related to CFSRs, a detailed look at the new CFSR instrument and themes emerging from initial Wyoming reviews. The presenters will provide CFSR tips and information for judges, attorneys, Guardians ad Litem, CASAs and case workers, as all activities conducted in a child welfare case are reviewed as part of the CFSR process. Eydie Trautwein, Children's Justice Project Coordinator, will also provide an overview of CJP CQI activities and statewide data trends.
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Topic: Dispositional Hearings 101
Presenters: Aaron S. Hockman, J.D., Chief Trial and Appellate Counsel for the Wyoming Guardian ad Litem Division, will provide a presentation on dispositional hearings in Wyoming's juvenile court, including an overview of relevant Wyoming statutes and procedures related to these important hearings. The presentation will provide basic information on procedural and evidentiary processes specific to disposition hearings in abuse and neglect, Child in Need of Supervision (CHINS) and delinquency cases.
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Topic: Special Education Issues in Child Welfare Cases
Presenters: Dan Wilde, J.D., Wyoming Guardian ad Litem Division will provide a presentation on important special education issues in child welfare cases, such as child-find and continuous evaluations. This presentation will include an overview of relevant laws affecting the education of foster care youth, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
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Topic: 2014 Child Welfare Law Update: Wyoming Supreme Court decisions and Statutes
Presenters: Jill E. Kucera, J.D., Senior Assistant Attorney General, Wyoming Attorney General's Office will provide a review of recent Wyoming Supreme Court decisions and 2014 statutes that affect Wyoming children and their families.
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Please join us for future BlogTalk episodes occurring between November, 2014 — May, 2015
Archived BlogTalk Topics
BlogTalkRadio Trainings prior to October, 2014 are categorized under the following training topics
- State and Federal Laws(including Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC))
- Timely, Thorough and Complete Court Hearings
- Permanency for Children and Youth
- High Quality Legal Representation for Parents, Children and DFS
- Family Engagement
- Physical, Social and Emotional Well-being for Children and Youth
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.
|Name / Title||Capacity||City||Term Expiration|
|Hon. William U. Hill, Chair
|Wyoming Supreme Court||Cheyenne||06/30/2015|
Deputy County and Prosecuting Attorney, Sheridan County
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|
UPLIFT, Parent Advocate
|Hon. Nena R. James
District Court Judge, 3rd Judicial District
|District Court Judge||Green River||06/30/2016|
Senior Assistant Attorney General
|Attorney General or designee||Cheyenne||06/30/2016|
Senior Policy / Legal Analyst
|Department of Family Services||Cheyenne||06/30/2017|
University of Wyoming, College of Law
Wyoming Advocates for Youth
Deputy State Public Defender
|Wyoming State Public Defender or designee||Cheyenne||06/30/2015|
|Terri V. Smith
|Tribal Representative (enrolled member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe)||Lander||06/30/2015|
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|
CASA of Laramie County
|Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)||Cheyenne||06/30/2015|
Teton County & Prosecuting Attorney
|WY County Prosecuting Attorneys' Association||Jackson||06/30/2015|
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|
State Court Administrator, Ex-Officio Member
|Supreme Court Administrator||Cheyenne||06/30/2017|
Data and CQI
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.