Interested in Adoption?
Certified Adoption Agencies
See a list of certified Wyoming adoption agencies licensed to practice in Wyoming here.
Wyoming does not have many children in the foster care system who are free for adoption. Children typically return home or find permanency with relatives. Sometimes foster parents adopt a child from the Wyoming foster care system. Children who become free for adoption are referred to Wyoming certified adoption agencies, the Adoption Exchange, or Wendy’s Wonderful Kids.
- Adoption Exchange (Contact Information 800-451-5246) – See some of the Wyoming youth/children who are available for adoption at www.adoptex.org/meet-the-children/childrens-gallery/. Scroll to the bottom of the page using the inside scroll bar. Check the “Wyoming” box and select “Search”. Then continue scrolling down to see Wyoming’s Waiting Children.
- Wendy’s Wonderful Kids (Contact Information 307-777-5172)
Accessing Adoption Records
Want to track down adoption records? Read about accessing Wyoming adoption records here.
Adoption Confidential Intermediaries (CI) work for adoptees and their biological families in hopes of reconnecting the family members or collecting important medical histories. CIs, as these trained volunteers are called, are given special access to court records concerning the adoption. Get more information on Confidential Intermediaries or read the brochure about the CI program.
These forms will be useful in accessing adoption records:
- Adoptee’s Affidavit and Petition
- Adoptee’s Sibling Affidavit and Petition
- Adoptive Parent Affidavit and Petition
- Birth Grandparent Affidavit and Petition
- Birth Parent Affidavit and Petition
Wyoming Putative Father Registry
The purpose of the Putative Father Registry is to protect the parental rights of fathers who affirmatively assume responsibility for children they may have fathered and to expedite permanent placements for children. Get a Wyoming Putative Father Brochure and Registry form.
Attorneys often require the Report of Medical Examination SS-45 for adoption work.
Looking for Books, DVD’s, Training Curricula or Other Resources related to Adoption and/or Foster Care?
We have a number of resources housed at the Wyoming State Library which are available for inter-library loan:Index to Resources Available at the Wyoming State Library
Foster Care is the temporary service provided to ensure the safety and well-being of children/youth while in out-of-home care. Foster homes are needed for all ages, but especially for teens and sibling groups.
Listen to a short Public Service Announcement (PSA) from a teen on how a foster family made all the difference for him:
Here is a PSA with a story of a family who took care of a brother and sister with the support of their faith community:
It takes a team to make a difference in the life of a child so we are excited about your interest in our foster care program!! Here are some Frequently Asked Questions:
If you are interested in more information about how you can help, please contact a Wyoming Foster Care Coordinator in your area or complete and submit the following form:
I would like someone to contact me so I can lean more about becoming a Foster Parent in Wyoming.
- Foster Parent Handbook
- How a Child Enters the Juvenile Court System,
A publication of The Wyoming Children’s Justice Project (CJP). Click here for other publications and training available through the CJP.
- A Fact Sheet on Foster Care in Wyoming
Index to Resources Available at the Wyoming State Library
Topic: Reasonable & Prudent Parent Standard (RPPS)
Information and all links for the Reasonable & Prudent Parent Standard (RPPS) Training for foster parents & caregivers (October, 2016)
All foster parents/caregivers are required to attend a training on the Reasonable & Prudent Parent Standard (RPPS) or watch the recorded webinar and submit the completed quiz to your Foster Care Coordinator (for which you will receive two (2) hours towards your training hours).
Summary of steps to complete the training (if not already completed):
- Prior to watching the RPPS webinar, please watch the Icebreaker Training Video at: https://youtu.be/fPh01WHNRCk (17 minutes) – https://youtu.be/fPh01WHNRCk
- Review the handouts in the “training packet” (below)
- Watch the webinar at: https://wyo.adobeconnect.com/p893ngkmfws/ or https://youtu.be/4MG1uEfFaS0
- Read the Q&A
- Complete one of the training sections on your F-SS55a – Training Log and keep it for your records as documentation of training you have completed
- Complete and turn in the RPPS Quiz to your Foster Care Coordinator
Please let your Foster Care Coordinator or the child’s caseworker know if you have any questions.
Links to attachments in the “training packet”:
- Power point slides – handout pages – https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B6DSpyyE-UESQWh0elBLREE4MEU
- Caregiver Guideline for Reasonable and Prudent Parenting (RPPS) – Summary – https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B6DSpyyE-UESeW1sNGMxcXdfalk
- Family Foster Care Policy – 188.8.131.52 – Foster Parent Responsibilities – https://sites.google.com/a/wyo.gov/dfsweb/social-services/policy/dfs-policy-manual
- The Importance of Maintaining Parental Involvement (Foster Parent College/CWLA) – https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B6DSpyyE-UESUWZVbGRoaU11SWM
- Bridging the Gap Between Resource Families & Birth Families (Foster Parent College/CWLA) – https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B6DSpyyE-UESMkVNUnpoZWRGTDQ
- Bridging the Gap Frequently Asked Questions: An Ice Breaker Guide for Social Workers and Foster Parents https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B6DSpyyE-UESM3UtRnlGSnlJOVE
- Developmental Milestones (Foster Parent College) – https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B6DSpyyE-UESN1ZvSUR1WEF1SFk
- Effects of Trauma on Child Development (Foster Parent College/CWLA) – https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B6DSpyyE-UESNHR4clBUcVVqT3M
- Child Traumatic Stress – A Primer for Resource Parents (Foster Parent College/CWLA) –https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B6DSpyyE-UESY0tiMUVJNjRRS0k
- Complex Trauma – Facts for Caregivers (Foster Parent College/CWLA) – https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B6DSpyyE-UESUnpoTWRsWG5GLTQ
- Jigsaw Puzzle (CWLA – Resource 2C) – https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B6DSpyyE-UESd1VvaGlvX2cyZUE
- Reasonable & Prudent Parent Standard – Questions & Answers (10/16) – https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B6DSpyyE-UESX0p2TC1NdGxDMDQ
- Training Log (form) – https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B6DSpyyE-UESOWtMdUhjaGsxT0k; or if you want a Word template you can download and complete the training log on your computer as a word document: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B6DSpyyE-UESU3JVZkRObC1VTUk
- Quiz – turn into you Foster Care Coordinator – https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B6DSpyyE-UESejZmUEpNYW5LVGM
Topic: Advanced Health Care Directives and what youth turning 18 (and older) should know about them
Original presentation held December 7, 2010 4:00 – 5:00 pm
- Advanced Healthcare Directives for Youth – Powerpoint Presentation
- Advanced Healthcare Directives pamphlet
- Advanced Healthcare Directives form
- Health related items to consider when aging out of foster care
Foster Care Program Manager