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Climb Wyoming

Climb Wyoming says it will discontinue its Sweetwater County program due to a decrease in public funding and other considerations.  The non-profit organization trains and places single mothers into career-track jobs. 

Climb Wyoming’s Shannon Brooks Hamby said that the Sweetwater County Operation will shut down on October first despite the fact that the program was very successful. 

The tribes on the Wind River Indian Reservation run their own family services agencies, funded by the tribes themselves, federal grants and contracts with the state. But the Northern Arapaho Department of Family Services and the larger family welfare system on the reservation has some work to do.

Reviews over the years have pointed to big problems and some of them have gone years without being addressed effectively. Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov has the story.   

IRINA ZHOROV:  22-month Marcella Yellowbear died on July 2nd, 2004.

Gov. Matt Mead says Wyoming will not seek to waive federal welfare work requirements.
 
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is allowing states the option to waive certain work requirements for people on welfare.
 
The requirements are part of a 1996 welfare reform law aimed at getting welfare recipients into the workforce.
 
The issue has come up in this year's presidential campaign between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.