New Mexico Could Enact Indian Families Protection Act
While the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case on the constitutionality of the federal Indian Child Welfare Act, New Mexico has a similar bill on the governor's desk.
New Mexico Bill to Bolster Legal Representation in Child Welfare Cases Advances to Senate
Families and children in New Mexico could have greater access to better lawyers and advocates as they navigate the child welfare system under a bill passed by the House of Representatives.
Yet Another Sequel-run Facility Closes Amid Abuse Claims, as the Private Company Settles with Family of Slain Foster Youth
A New Mexico residential facility for youth run by the for-profit Sequel Youth & Family Services will close following findings that staff physically abused children and failed to provide a “humane” environment.
These Single Moms Are Forced to Choose: Reveal Their Sexual Histories or Forfeit Welfare
Almost every parent who applies for federal welfare assistance, who in a large majority of cases is a single mother, must divulge everything she knows about the biological father of her children.
Blalock Out, Vigil In as Head of New Mexico’s Child Welfare Agency
Brian Blalock, who presided over a reduction in the backlog of complaints about New Mexico’s child welfare system but also faced criticism for allegedly retaliating against whistleblowers, has stepped down as head of the state’s Children, Youth and Families Department.
New Mexico Child Welfare Agency Drops App in Wake of Criticism
The New Mexico child welfare agency has announced that it’s no longer using an app that critics say allowed it to work in secret and may have violated the state’s open-government laws.
New Mexico House Passes State Indian Child Welfare Act
New Mexico Child Welfare Advocates Make Last-Minute Push on Education Bills
The New Mexico House of Representatives’ legislative session wraps up over the weekend, and child welfare advocates are trying to push for votes on two bills related to the education of youth in foster care.