WPR News
8:07 am
Wed September 27, 2006

State Releases Family Photo

Casper, Wy – Child abuse and neglect are on the rise in
Wyoming, but drug and alcohol use by youngsters is on they way
down.
That's from a report released today (Tuesday) by the Wyoming
Children and Families Initiative.
The report is called the "Wyoming Family Photo," and it
details how Wyoming is progressing in trying to improve its living
standards for families and children.
The report also shows that the percentage of Wyoming residents
not covered by health insurance declined slightly between 2002 and
2004. About 14 percent of Wyoming residents did NOT have health
insurance in 2004.
In addition, the report shows that Wyoming continues to have a
problem with wage disparity between men and women. Women in Wyoming
on average earn about 55 percent of the amount men earn, a figure
that increased slightly from 2003 to 2004.
Governor Dave Freudenthal (FREE'-den-thawl) was on hand for the
report's release at the Boys and Girls Club in Casper.
Freudenthal says the state needs to keep working to help its
families and children, one person at a time.