Wyoming Liberty Group
The Shame on U.S.report has recently recommended that Congress withhold all federal child welfare funds in order to compel states to comply with child welfare laws and standards that the authors say are being violated in every state. The Children’s Advocacy Instituteof the San Diego School of Law in conjunction with First Star, a non-profit child abuse prevention advocacy group presented an extensive report to congress in January 2015. The report is entitled Shame on U.S.: Failings by All Three Branches of our Federal Government Leave Abused and Neglected Children Vulnerable to Further Harm.
As introduced in the first part of this series, the Shame on U.S. report, published in January 2015 has made some radical recommendations to address the national crisis of child welfare. If the Congressional committee to which it was presented follows the recommendations of this report, Wyoming may soon see a drastic decrease of federal funds related to child welfare.
Wyoming’s status as the only non-compliant state to the JJDPA (Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Act) has recently come under scrutiny at a national level. In January 2015 the Children’s Advocacy Institute presented a report entitled Shame on U.S.: Failings by All Three Branches of our Federal Government Leave Abused and Neglected Children Vulnerable to Further Harm.
In the midst of writing a series about some of the preventative measures that can be taken to keep Wyoming children out of trouble, like increasing the availability and emphasis on extracurricular activities, I was distracted by some scandalous headlines. School Resource Officers (SROs) are in the national news again in a very bad way.
Last week we began discussing whether extracurricular activities can help to keep Wyoming kids out of trouble. This question arose out of the ongoing consideration of how to keep kids out of jail. The findings of these articles on juvenile justice have been both illuminating and alarming.
I recently wrote a blog entitled Keeping Kids Out of Jail which led into an entire series including the Troubling Trend of Elementary School Arrests and finally to the Wyoming School Safety Issues That Every Citizen Should Know series. This week we return to the consideration of what can be done preventatively to keep our children on-track and out of trouble.
The final subcommittee for the Wyoming School Safety and Security Task force is the Response, Planning and Training Subcommittee. An overview of the findings of this task force can be found in the first blog of this series and we’ve respectively covered the first subcommittee on School Resource Officers (SROs) and the second on Facilities Analysis. The full task force report can be found online through the Wyoming Department of Homeland Security at: http://wyohomelandsecurity.state.wy.us/documents/schoolsafetyandtaskforcereport.pdf