Resources for Children
This page discusses child abuse and resources to help children who are currently being abused or witnessing abuse.
For information on child abuse and tips on parenting, please visit the links below.
Signs of Child Abuse
There are certain characteristics a child may show when being abused
Has unexplained burns, bites, bruises, broken bones, or black eyes
Has fading bruises or other marks noticeable after an absence from school
Changes story multiple times when asked
Recent Problems at school
Shows extremes in behavior, such as overly compliant or demanding behavior, extreme passivity, or aggression
Is either inappropriately adult (parenting other children, for example) or inappropriately infantile (frequently rocking or head-banging, for example)
Is delayed in physical or emotional development.
Has difficulty walking or sitting
Suddenly refuses to change for gym or to participate in physical activities
Reports nightmares or bedwetting
Experiences a sudden change in appetite
Demonstrates bizarre, sophisticated, or unusual sexual knowledge or behavior
What Should I do if I Suspect Child Abuse?
EVERY person, private citizen or professional, in Wyoming who has reason to believe that a child under 18 has been abused is mandated by law to report the suspected abuse. Failure to do so is a crime. No person, regardless of his or her relationship with the child or family, is immune from reporting suspected abuse. A person making a report in good faith is immune from both civil and criminal liability.
Albany County Department of Family Services 307.745.7324
Laramie Police/Sheriff Dispatch 307.721.2526
For more information on WY State statutes regarding child abuse, click here.