Placement of Children With Relatives - Wyoming

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Relative Placement for Foster Care and Guardianship

Citation: Ann. Stat. § 14-3-208

When a child is taken into temporary protective custody, the local Department of Family Services office shall do the following:

  • Make reasonable efforts to inform the parent, noncustodial parent, or other person responsible for the child's welfare that the child has been taken into temporary protective custody, unless otherwise ordered by a court of competent jurisdiction
  • Arrange for care and supervision of the child in the most appropriate and least restrictive setting necessary to meet the child's needs, including foster homes or other child care facilities certified by the department or approved by the court

When it is in the best interests of the child, the department shall place the child with the child's noncustodial birth parent or with the child's extended family, including adult siblings, grandparents, great-grandparents, or the parents' siblings.

Requirements for Placement with Relatives

Citation: Ann. Stat. § 14-3-208

Prior to approving placement with the child's noncustodial birth parent or extended family, the department shall determine whether anyone living in the home has been convicted of a crime involving serious harm to children or has a substantiated case listed on the central registry established pursuant to § 14-3-213.

Requirements for Placement of Siblings

This issue is not addressed in the statutes and regulations reviewed.

Relatives Who May Adopt

This issue is not addressed in the statutes and regulations reviewed.

Requirements for Adoption by Relatives

This issue is not addressed in the statutes and regulations reviewed.