By Peter O'Dowd
Laramie, WY – Wyoming still falls just short of providing enough money to foster families, but the gap is closing. The University of Maryland School of Social Work published a national study that shows Wyoming should give foster parents about five percent more every month for kids aged nine to sixteen. The state's foster care coordinator Dana Ward says that is a huge improvement compared to the last two decades when families were not reimbursed well at all.
Those rates finally went up in 2006. And now the study shows that Wyoming adequately funds the two-year old age group at 645-dollars per month. The state has about 12-hundred children in foster homes across the state.