Lisa Finkey, J.D.

CJP Coordinator
2301 Capitol Ave.
Cheyenne, WY  82002
Voice: 307.777.7575

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.

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Legal Resource Manual

Guardians AdLitem Skills-­Based Handbook

A Handbook for Prosecutors

Parent Attorney Guidelines

A Handbook for Parent Attorneys

MDT Handbook

Handbook for Parents

Handbook for Parents Spanish

Juvenile Court Law Update 2004-2019

Justice for Children
Must order from CJP

How A Child Enters the System

A Handbook for Educators

Bear Goes to Court

A Handbook For Children

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.

Shelter Care / Initial Hearing


Court Forms


Six-Month Review


2019-2020 Schedule

The Webinar scheduled for March 12, 2020, has been cancelled.

Upcoming Training

Office Hours from Noon to 1:00 PM

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Webinar Recordings and Materials

In-Person Training from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM

  • CANCELLED – March 18, 2020, Fourth Judicial District Community Training, Buffalo District Court
  • CANCELLED – March 19, 2020. Sixth Judicial District Community Training, Gillette District Court
  • May 22, 2020, Ninth Judicial District Community Training, Lander District Court
  • July 13, 2020, Fifth Judicial District Community Training, Cody District Court
  • June 16 – 18, 2020, Wyoming’s Joint Symposium on Children and Youth, Cheyenne, Wyoming

National Training


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.

Meeting Schedule

  • March 13, 2020 – 10:00 a.m.
  • May 15, 2020 – 10:00 a.m.
  • September 11, 2020 – 10:00 a.m.
  • December 11, 2020 – 10:00 a.m.
  • March 12, 2021 – 10:00 a.m.
  • May 14, 2021 – 10:00 a.m.
  • September 10, 2021 – 10:00 a.m.
  • December 10, 2021 – 10:00 a.m.

Order Appointing Council Members


Strategic Plan


Name / Title Capacity City Term Expiration
Hon. Kate M. Fox, Chair Justice Wyoming Supreme Court Cheyenne 06/30/2021
Kerri Bumgardner Uinta County District Court Clerk District Court Clerk Evanston 06/30/2021
Lauren Radakovich Deputy County and Prosecuting Attorney, Sweetwater County Prosecutor Green River 06/30/2021
Affie Ellis Senator, District 08 Senator Cheyenne 06/30/2020
Jeff Lamm CQI/CFSP/APSR/CFSR Lead Wyoming Department of Family Services Cheyenne 06/30/2021
Edwin Heimer Agency Administrator Wyoming Department of Family Services Cody 06/30/2020
Michelle Heinen UPLIFT, Parent Advocate Parent Advocate Cheyenne 06/30/2021
Hon. Bobbi Overfield District Court Judge District Court Judge Worland 06/30/2022
Jill Kucera Senior Assistant Attorney General Attorney General or designee Cheyenne 06/30/2022
Ayana Lopez Youth Advocate Youth Advocate Cheyenne 06/30/2020
Jennifer Neely Training and ICWA Lead Wyoming Department of Family Services Cheyenne 06/30/2022
Marty Nelson Agency Administrator Wyoming Department of Family Services Cheyenne 06/30/2022
Tara Nethercott Senator, District 04 Senator Cheyenne 06/30/2020
Ryan Roden Deputy State Public Defender Wyoming State Public Defender or designee Cheyenne 06/30/2021
Hon. Thomas W. Rumpke District Court Judge District Court Judge Gillette 06/30/2022
Hon. Sara Robinson Wind River Tribal Court Judge Wind River Tribal Court Judge Ft. Washakie 06/30/2022
Hon. Dawnessa Snyder District Court Judge District Court Judge Rawlins 06/30/2020
Carol Tullio CASA of Laramie County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Cheyenne 06/30/2021
Leigh Anne Manlove District Attorney, Laramie County District Attorney Cheyenne 6/30/2021
Dan Wilde Director, GAL Program Guardian ad Litem Cheyenne 06/30/2019
Lindsey Schilling Provider Operations Administrator, Medicaid Department of Health Cheyenne 06/30/2021
Josh Eames Senior Assistant Attorney General Attorney General Cheyenne 06/30/2022
Korin Schmidt Deputy Director, Ex-Officio Member Wyoming Department of Family Services Cheyenne 6/30/2020
Jennifer Davis Ex-Officio Member Wyoming Children’s Trust Fund Cheyenne 6/30/2021
Lily Sharpe State Court Administrator, Ex-Officio Member Supreme Court Administrator Cheyenne 6/30/2020



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:

  • 2019 Jeri and Marshall Sanderson
  • 2018 Guardian ad Litem Anniversary Celebration (10 years)
  • 2017 Sandra S. Kitchen
  • 2016 John M. Burman
  • 2015 Judge Steven Cranfill
  • 2014 Justice Michael Golden
  • 2012 Brenden McKinney
  • 2011 Jean Day
  • 2010 Rick Robb
  • 2009 Stacey Obrecht
  • 2008 Dan Wilde