Children's Justice Project

  • Eydie Trautwein, J.D.

  • Wyoming Supreme Court
  • 2301 Capitol Avenue
  • Cheyenne, WY
  • Voice: 307.777.7629
  • FAX: 307.777.3447
  • etrautwein@courts.state.wy.us
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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

December 11, 2014 - 12:00 p.m. (noon)

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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November 13, 2014 - 12:00 p.m. (noon)

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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Date: October 9, 2014 - 12:00 p.m. (noon)

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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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

Strategic Plan

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
Lily Sharpe
State Court Administrator, Ex-Officio Member
Supreme Court Administrator Cheyenne 06/30/2017

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.