Wyoming Judicial Branch

Children's Justice Project

Eydie Trautwein, J.D.

Voice: 307.777.7629
FAX: 307.777.3447
Email: etrautwein@courts.state.wy.us

Wyoming Supreme Court
2301 Capitol Avenue
Cheyenne, WY

Data and CQI

Blog Talk Radio

CJP Training Series: A 1-hour Monthly Wyoming Juvenile Court System training.

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.

A Handbook for Educators
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
Juvenile Court Law Update 2004-2017

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.

2016-2017 Schedule

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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.

Juvenile Court Training Modules

Module 1: Overview of Juvenile Court Module 2: Abuse and Neglect Proceedings Module 3: Child In Need of Supervision(CHINS) Proceedings Module 4: Delinquency Proceedings Module 5: Multidisciplinary Team Module 6: Confidentiality


Strategic Plan


Name / Title Capacity City Term Expiration
Hon. William U. Hill, Chair
Wyoming Supreme Court Cheyenne 06/30/2018
Kerri Bumgardner
Uinta County District Court Clerk
District Court Clerk Evanston 06/30/2018
Elizabeth Forslund
Wyoming Department of Family Services Cheyenne 06/30/2019
Michelle Heinen
UPLIFT, Parent Advocate
Parent Advocate Cheyenne 06/30/2018
Hon. Nena R. James
District Court Judge, 3rd Judicial District
District Court Judge Green River 06/30/2019
Jill Kucera
Senior Assistant Attorney General
Attorney General or designee Cheyenne 06/30/2019
Jennifer Neely
Training and ICWA Lead
Wyoming Department of Family Services Cheyenne 06/30/2019
Marty Nelson
Agency Administrator
Wyoming Department of Family Services Cheyenne 06/30/2019
Ryan Roden
Deputy State Public Defender
Wyoming State Public Defender or designee Cheyenne 06/30/2018
Hon. Thomas W. Rumpke
District Court Judge
District Court Judge Gillette 06/30/2019
Terri V. Smith
Tribal Representative (enrolled member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe) Lander 06/30/2018
Carol Tullio
CASA of Laramie County
Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Cheyenne 06/30/2018
Stephen Weichman
Teton County & Prosecuting Attorney
WY County Prosecuting Attorneys' Association Jackson 06/30/2018
Dan Wilde
Director, GAL Program
Guardians ad Litem Cheyenne 06/30/2019
Children's Justice Project

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:
  • 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