Cheyenne, Wy – Two child-advocacy groups give Wyoming a
grade of D-plus for its lack of openness in releasing information
about fatal- and near-fatal-child-abuse cases.
The report is titled "State Secrecy and Child Death." It was
prepared by the University of San Diego School of Law's Children's
Advocacy Institute and First Star, a charity that works on child
abuse issues. The groups released it on Tuesday.
Amy Harfeld is executive director of First Star. She says that
Wyoming's grade suffered because much of the state's policy is in
the form of rules set by the Wyoming Department of Family Services,
rather than in state law.
Juliette Rule is spokeswoman for the Wyoming Department of
Family Services. She says the department releases what information
it can under state law.