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New Mexico

Advocates Say New Mexico Should do Better, in Response to Child Welfare Settlement Report

11/10/2022

New Mexico Becomes the First State to Guarantee Early Education

This week, New Mexico voters approved a measure that will invest millions of dollars into public education, including dedicated funding for early education.

With ICWA Under Threat, More States Shore Up Laws to Protect Native Families from Foster Care Separation

4/6/2022

With ICWA Under Threat, More States Shore Up Laws to Protect Native Families from Foster Care Separation

With the Indian Child Welfare Act facing a Supreme Court challenge, states have enacted their own versions to protect Indigenous families from separation.

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3/1/2022

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.

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Advocates Say New Mexico Should do Better, in Response to Child Welfare Settlement Report

2/16/2022

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.

Sequel facility closes amid abuse claims in New Mexico

12/15/2021

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.

Amberly Sanchez. ProPublica photographed mothers in Albuquerque and spoke with them about their experiences with the child support requirements of New Mexico’s cash assistance program. “You feel threatened. When you’re on that phone call and they’re talking to you, you feel like less than,” Sanchez said of the application process. These Single Moms Are Forced to Choose: Reveal Their Sexual Histories or Forfeit Welfare

9/20/2021

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.

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    Blalock Out, Vigil In as Head of New Mexico’s Child Welfare Agency

    8/18/2021

    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 communications app

    5/14/2021

    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.

    Supreme Court Set to Decide Whether to Take Up Indian Child Welfare Case

    3/11/2021

    New Mexico House Passes State Indian Child Welfare Act

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    New Mexico lawmakers took a step this week toward further ensuring the rights of the state’s Native American children who get caught up in the child welfare system. The State Indian Child Welfare Act measure, which passed the state House of Representatives on a vote of 53-15 on Monday, mostly mirrors federal legislation that passed in 1978, but it expands protections somewhat and ensures that even if the federal law is watered down in the future, the rights of New Mexico’s Indian children and families won’t wane.House