Wyoming Greenlights Move for Child Defender Unit, Still Mulling Office for Parent Representation
Yesterday, the Wyoming Judiciary Committee voted in favor of a proposal that would move child representation out of the Office of State Public Defenders and establish a standalone Wyoming Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) office, but moved to hear more discussion on the creation of a similar Office of Parent Counsel at the next committee meeting.
Hearings: A Rural Judge Talks About Small Town Child Welfare Courts
In the least populated state with many expansive miles between communities, Wyoming faces some unique challenges when it comes to meeting the needs of its kids in foster care. In a state that spans almost 100,000 square miles, there were just 1,247 youth in foster care in the entire state in 2018.