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In Wyoming, abuse is defined as the infliction or causing of physical or mental injury, harm or imminent danger to the physical or mental health or welfare of a child, other than by accidental means. See W.S. 14-3-202.
See Medline Plus for more information on child abuse.
Neglect and negligent treatment
Emotional abuse and
A greater understanding of risk factors can help professionals working with children and families identify maltreatment and high-risk situations so they can intervene appropriately. It must be emphasized, however, that while certain factors often are present among families where maltreatment occurs, this does not mean that the presence of these factors necessarily leads to child abuse and neglect.
Child abuse can happen to any child from any economic background. To access the list of factors that contribute to abuse or neglect of children, visit the Child Welfare Information Gateway.
Changes in mood and behavior
Changes in eating or sleeping
Changes in school performance and attendance
Lack of personal care or hygiene
Untreated medical or dental problems
Apparent fear of parents
Inappropriate sexual behavior for child’s age
Sexual knowledge that’s inappropriate for the child’s age
Trouble walking or sitting
Attempts to undress other people
Depression or anxiety
Blood in the child’s underwear
For a more detailed breakdown of statistics on child abuse in Wyoming, visit Childhelp.org or the Child Advocacy Centers of Wyoming.
Any person who is in contact with the child can be a perpetrator of abuse. A perpetrator is a person who has been determined to have caused or knowingly allowed the maltreatment of a child. A person responsible for a child’s welfare can also abuse a child.
In Wyoming, a “person responsible for a child’s welfare” includes the child’s parent, non-custodial parent, guardian, custodian, stepparent, foster parent or other person, institution or agency having the physical custody or control of the child.
Additionally, people are reluctant to intervene in actions of the family. Individuals also are reluctant to intervene if they are uncertain that abuse is taking place.
Report your concerns. Most cases of child abuse go undetected. Additionally, don’t assume that the abuse has already been reported. You should report any and all suspected abuse in order to best protect children. Keep in mind that by reporting potential abuse you are not required to prove that abuse is occurring, you are simply alerting authorities of the situation so that an investigation can be done.
Report child abuse to your local authorities, the Wyoming Department of Family Services, Child Protective Services or contact the following:
Call for emergency help: 911
Call your local enforcement agency (police)
Child Protective Services (307-777-5479)
Department of Family Services (307-777-3663)
National Child Abuse Hotline (1-800-4-A-CHILD (1800-422-4453)
Early reporting of child abuse
Talk to your neighbors about looking out for one another’s children
Give used clothing, furniture and toys to another family
Be a nurturing parent
Learn what to do when your baby cries
Help a friend, relative, or neighbor
Get involved in the community
Help to develop parenting resources at the local library
Promote programs in school
Monitor your child’s television and video viewing
Volunteer at your local child abuse prevention program
Report suspected abuse or neglect