2021 Wyoming Statutes
Title 14 - Children
Chapter 13 - Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard
Section 14-13-102 - Access and Standards.
14-13-102. Access and standards.
(a) Subject to subsections (b) and (d) of this section, a child in an out-of-home placement is entitled to engage in, to the greatest extent possible, age appropriate or developmentally appropriate activities and experiences as he would otherwise be able to experience in his own home. A child with a disability or special needs in an out-of-home placement shall have the same access to age appropriate or developmentally appropriate activities and experiences as the child s nondisabled peers, even if reasonable accommodations are required.
(b) Subject to subsection (d) of this section and if not in conflict with any residual parental rights and duties, applicable court order or department case plan, a caregiver shall use the reasonable and prudent parent standard when determining whether to allow a child in foster care under the responsibility of the department or in an out-of-home placement to participate in extracurricular, enrichment, cultural or social activities.
(c) Under the reasonable and prudent parent standard, a caregiver shall give consideration to the following when deciding whether to allow a child to participate in an activity or experience:
(i) A parent or custodian s wishes, when appropriate;
(ii) The child s age, maturity and development level to ensure the child's overall health and safety;
(iii) The potential risk factors and appropriateness of the activity or experience;
(iv) The best interest of the child based on information known by the caregiver;
(v) The child s wishes;
(vi) The importance of encouraging the child s emotional and developmental growth;
(vii) The importance of supporting the child in developing skills to successfully transition to adulthood;
(viii) The importance of providing the child with the most family like living experience possible; and
(ix) Any special needs or accommodations that the child may need to safely participate in the activity or experience.
(d) A caregiver may provide or withhold permission for children in his care to participate in and experience age appropriate or developmentally appropriate activities and experiences. A caregiver's ability to grant or withhold permission:
(i) Shall not override or conflict with a parent s residual parental rights and duties to make decisions regarding his child s participation in activities and experiences or with rights as determined by court order;
(ii) Shall be exercised using the reasonable prudent parent standard;
(iii) Shall not conflict with any applicable court order or department case plan;
(iv) May be exercised without the prior approval of the department if exercising caregiver authority is consistent with the department case plan.