Outlet: Salt Lake Tribune
Journalist: Julia Lyon
Salt Lake Tribune reporter Julia Lyon heard more than a year ago that some Utah families, desperate for care for their children with autism, were surrendering custody to the state. (Utah is in a minority of states without a mandate that insurance companies cover treatment.)
She spent months reporting, starting with the challenge of locating families willing to tell their stories and give her access to to their child welfare files. Her compelling stories, with photography by Trent Nelson, introduce readers to two young boys surrendered by their families and illuminate the impact of a lack of affordable care.