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New Mexico Could Enact Indian Families Protection Act

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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New Mexico Bill to Bolster Legal Representation in Child Welfare Cases Advances to Senate

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

New Mexico Bill to Bolster Legal Representation in Child Welfare Cases Advances to Senate

3/15/2019

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.

1/21/2019

New Mexico Takes Up Bill to Extend Foster Care to 21

New Mexico may soon join the majority of states in offering “extended foster care” to youth ages 18 to 21, if a proposed bill makes it to the desk of new Gov.